The draw for the national finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom youth soccer tournament have been conducted with 15 teams set to battle for the top prize.
Eight boys’ teams and seven girls’ teams from eight regions will take part in the national finals set for June 20th – 23rd at Kinoru Stadium in Meru County.
Season 2 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 Ksh. 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 U-20 team 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 ‘hongera’ to every single person 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 Ksh. 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 by Safaricom with an aim of promoting grassroot football and propelling gifted players into the national team.