Only 282 girl teams out of 1,567 registered will take part in the inaugural Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament set to begin next month.
The competition, which seeks to develop grassroots football, scout youth talent and eventually draft gifted players to the National team, will feature 1,285 boys teams and 282 girls team from all over the country.
“The turnout was great although we wish more girls had come forward to display their talents just like the boys did,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Director – Consumer Business, Safaricom.
Nairobi region has 167 teams confirmed while Nyanza will have 235. From North Eastern, there will be 80 teams participating while Western, Rift and Eastern regions will have 197, 352 and 189 teams respectively. The Coast region will have 163 teams with 184 from central signing up.
The competition will kick-off on September 9 with the group stages, followed by the knockout phase, regional finals, with the grand finale set for March 2018.
The winning teams will walk away with Sh1million and an opportunity to go for an international training camp in London in April 2018.
Harambee Stars Captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Victor Wanyama is the face of the program.