The draw for the national finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom youth soccer tournament were conducted today with fifteen teams set to battle for the ultimate prize. The teams ( eight boys and seven girls) from eight regions will take part in the national finals set for June 20th – 23rd at Kinoru Stadium, Meru County.
Season two of the tournament will witness new winners being crowned after reigning champions Kapenguria Heroes and Plateau Queens were eliminated in the early stages of the tournament. The winning teams will also walk away with Kshs. 1 million in cash as well as phones and airtime. “The tournament is a perfect example of how football can be used to open doors for girls and boys from all backgrounds. We have already signed a number of these players, into our national under twenty and premier league teams since the inaugural edition, a clear indication that this is not just a football tournament; but a lifeline for these young men and women. We wish them all the best as they embark on the quest to be crowned national champions,” said Nick Mwendwa, Football Kenya Federation President.
The national finals follows a series of regional finals played across the eight regions where over 1,600 games were played across the country in the tournament that begun in October 2018 with group stages.
“We have had remarkable achievements with this tournament since the launch and we applaud everyone who made this a reality. We have traversed the country, crisscrossing the eight regions of Kenya, promoting grassroots football and discovering raw untapped talent. We are just days away from getting our KES 1 million winning teams and we appreciate the competitive nature of the tournament,” said, James Maitai, Safaricom’s Head of Mt Kenya & Nairobi Regions.
The programme was started with an aim of promoting grassroot football and propelling gifted players into the national team.
“As a company, this is truly in line with our goal of transforming the lives of Kenyan Youth. We believe in the spirit of coming together with various stakeholders to better our country. We wish all the participating teams all the best as they embark on their quest for the ultimate prize,” said Mr. Maitai.
This year, an All-star team was selected from the 8 regional finals and attended a training camp in Spain during which they played against local youth sides.
From the inaugural season, over fifteen young players joined the Kenya Premier League and the National Super League.