Supersolico from Mwingi and St Mary’s Ndovea from Makueni are the new Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Eastern region champions.
In the girl’s final, St. Mary’s Ndovea came from a goal down to beat Chuka Starlets two goals to one at the finals that were held at the Kitui Showground. Margaret Mutua scored an equalizer for Ndovea at the 35th minute after Clare Chemutai had put the Starlets ahead in the 2nd minute from the penalty spot. Cecilia Mutungu then scored the winning goal for Ndovea at the 57th minute.
In the boy’s finals, Supersolico from Mwingi emerged victorious after beating Young Boys from Isiolo four goals to three on penalties after the game ended 1 – 1. James Mutua gave Supersolico the lead in the first half before Ibrahim Abdisalan scored the equalizer in the second half making him the top scorer of the Eastern final.
St Mary’s Ndovea and Supersolico received a cash reward of Ksh. 200,000 each and will now represent Eastern region in the national finals scheduled for June 2019 at Kinoru Stadium, Meru County. 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 Eldoret for the Rift regional finals set for 23rd and 24th of March.
Chapa Dimba na Safaricom is in its second edition and they have partnered with La Liga and this will see certified La Liga coaches travel to Kenya to scout for talented players both boys and girls who will make up an all-star team. Just like the first season the tournament will target talented male and female youth aged between 16 and 20 with an aim of developing grassroots football, scouting for talent and propelling gifted players to the national limelight.