Mukumu Boys player Eugene Oluoch (left) chase the ball past lungari Blue Saints player Dennis Alusa (centre) during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Western-Region finals at the Kanduyi Stadium during season one. Mukumu Boys won the match after scoring 2-0.
1,600 teams have enlisted to participate in the second season of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament which kicks off this weekend with group matches in the Western Region. Chapa Dimba is a foodtball tournament for the youth.
80 matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday at different venues in Kakamega and Vihiga while Busia and Butere will host 29 games on the weekend of November 3rd and 4th. The competition then moves to Nyanza, Rift Valley, Eastern, Coast, Central, North Eastern and Nairobi regions.
Each team will comprises of 15 players and 2 officials for the group stages. Just like in the first season, the tournament will target aspiring male and female youth aged between 16-20 years with an aim of developing grassroots football, scouting for talent and propelling gifted players.
The regional champions will then play in a national final in 2019 where the winning teams will walk away with Ksh. 1 Million shillings in prize money.
“This season, my team and I are excited by the fact that 32 of the tournament’s most gifted players will get a chance to play with the best youth sides in Spain due to the partnership with LaLiga. This, and KES 1 million cash prize for the tournament’s winning teams has seen interest and enrollment shoot up. I am looking forward to an even more exciting season,” said Nick Mwendwa, FKF President.
This year, the competition will run in collaboration with LaLiga and FKF. The partnership will see an all-star team selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.
In addition, FKF will scout and recruit gifted players into the national teams and other leagues in the country.
Over fifteen young players from the inaugural season have joined the Kenya Premier League and the National Super League.