Bishop Njenga Girls player Brenda Akinyi sprints with the ball past Ibinzo Girls Player Ann Malubi during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Western region Finals
Lugari Blue Saints and Bishop Njenga Girls have emerged as the winners of Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Western Region in the boys and girls category respectively. Both teams are from Lugari Constituency in Kakamega County,
Bishop Njenga won in the girls category after beating Kakamega’s Ibinzo Girls two goals to nil. Sheila Wikonza and Maureen Omende scored the goals in the second half for Bishop Njenga.
Lugari Blue Saints came from behind to beat The Saints from Buture (Mumias) two goals to one in the boys category. After a goalless first half, The Saints opened the scoring through Atem Kato with Lugari hitting back through Watson Anami and Reagan Mumela.
“The game was tough as each team was dedicated to clinching the title. We are glad because our struggles have borne us fruits. We have been training hard for this tournament and we hope to be the national champs”, said Sheila Wikonza – Scorer, Bishop Njenga Girls.
The winners each received a cash reward of Ksh. 200,000 each and will represent the Western region in the national finals scheduled for June 2019 at Kinoru Stadium in Meru County.
“Our dream of becoming the national champs has started well. We are glad that we have made it through to National Finals already. I hope some of my players will also be named in the all–star team that will go to Spain for training. This has been a good journey for us as a team,” said Ted Omnala –Coach, Lugari Blue Saints.
At the final in Meru, the winning boys’ and girls’ teams will each walk away with Ksh. 1 million shillings in prize money. An all star team will also be selected from the 8 regional finals to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.
The competition now moves to Moi Stadium in Kisumu for the Nyanza regional finals set for 9th and 10th February.