Eldoret ASK showground will play host to the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Rift region finals slated for this weekend. The games will see eight youth teams from Rift Valley battle it out for the region’s supremacy and a chance to play in the national finals set for June in Meru County.
Solidarity boys from Trans Nzoia will play Al Ahly from Kajiado while Narok’s White Rhino FC will take on Tumkas boys from Uasin Gishu in the semis. In the girls’ category, Itigo Girls from Nandi will face Bomet Queens as Kitale Queens from Trans Nzoia meet Nakuru West Queens.
“We expect very entertaining football over the weekend and hope the regional winners will again emerge champions in the national finals like last year,” said Evans Omondi, Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Rift Region Coordinator.
Regional winners will receive a cash reward of Kshs. 200,000 each. They will join Bishop Njenga Girls and Lugari Blue Saints from Western, Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza as well as Super Solico and St Mary’s Ndovea from Eastern for the national finals. The runners-up will also pocket Kshs. 100,000 each among other individual prizes. The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football and ultimately propelling gifted players to the national team. This year, an all-star team will be selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.