Isiolo Starlets And Tumaini School crowned new Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom, Eastern Region champions

Morris Kapirante of Tumaini (L) fight for the ball with Yassin Mbarak of Black Panther (R) during the boy’s match in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Eastern Region finals
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Isiolo Starlets and Tumaini School from Makueni are the new Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Eastern Region champions. In the girls’  final, Isiolo saw off Chuka University while Tumaini beat Black Panthers from Meru Central in the boys final held at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

 Chuka’s, Susan Wanjeri scored in the    third minute to put the students ahead but Rebeka Nkirote equalised in the thirty three minute. Hilda Wanjiku and Nasibo Ibrahim then added two goals to extend  the lead for Isiolo Starlets in the second half in the  fifty third  and fifty seventh  minute with Wanjeri scoring her second goal  of the match for Chuka in the  fifty seventh  minute.  Isiolo held on to win by three goals to two.

 “We came to the finals prepared to win. We observed how our opponents played yesterday and capitalized on their weaknesses which earned us victory,” said Hussein Wako, coach Isiolo Starlets.

Chuka University goalkeeper Akoth Lavender defending the ball away from Hilda wanjku of Isiolo Queens during the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

 “I am happy we have won because it was a tough match. It is an honour representing the Eastern region at the nationals and we promise to do our best,” said Kula Dida,  Isiolo Starlets’ captain.

 Tumaini School emerged victorious in the boys’ finals after beating Black Panthers 4-1.

Yasin Mohamed scored a hat trick in the  fourth, nineteenth  and forty seventh  minutes, before Enow Abdumalik scored Black Panthers consolation goal in the  eighty  third minute. Kapirante Moris sealed Tumaini’s victory  in the  eighty eighth minute.

 Isiolo Starlets and Tumaini School received a cash reward of Kshs.  200,000 each and an opportunity to represent Eastern Region at the national finals set for June 2020 at Bomu Stadium, Mombasa County.

 They have now joined North Eastern’s Berlin FC from Garissa, Coast region’s Yanga FC from Malindi, Kwale Ladies, Falling Waters from Laikipia and Ulinzi youth from Nanyuki in the national finals where Kshs.  1,000,000 is up for grabs.

 The tournament now moves to Jamhuri high school, Nairobi for the Nairobi regional finals on the 22nd– 23rd as the race to the national finals intensifies

 32 boys and girls will this season be selected after the regional finals to form an all-star team that will attend a  ten day training camp in Spain during which they will play friendly matches  against top Spanish La Liga football academies.

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