CHAPA DIMBA NA SAFARICOM COAST REGION FINALS TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND

Edison Mlewa of Breezeham football team (L) tackles the ball past Bajila Salim of Iqra FC (R) during a past Safaricom Chapa Dimba games held at the Shanzu Teachers Training College.
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Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom heads to Mombasa this weekend for the Coast regional finals at Bomu stadium, Changamwe.   The semifinals will kick off on Saturday at three o’clock in the afternoon, while the finals will be held on Sunday starting at six in the evening under floodlights.

“Players’ welfare is a key component of Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament. The high temperatures in Mombasa during the day could greatly affect their performance and that is why we felt the need to have the games played in the evening. We appreciate Safaricom for taking this into account and catering for the extra expenses. The teams are ready and we expect very competitive and entertaining football over the weekend,” said Michael Karanja, Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Coast region coordinator.

Mombasa teams Shimanzi Youth and Kaloleni United will square it out in the first boys’ semifinal, while Kilifi’s Matsangaoni boys will take on Maweni United from Malindi in the second one. In the girls’ category, Changamwe Ladies from Mombasa will face Kwale Starlets as Matsangaoni Ladies from Kilifi plays Malindi’s Solwogidi.

The winners will receive a cash reward of Kshs.  200,000 each and an opportunity to represent Coast in the national finals set for Meru in June. The runners-up on the other hand will pocket Kshs.100, 000 each.  There will be individual prizes for the best players.

Already, Kajiado’s Al Ahly and Kitale Queens from Rift Valley, 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 have booked their tickets for the national finals.

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. The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football and ultimately, propelling gifted players to the national team

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