Manyatta United and Kitale Queens yesterday emerged as the winners in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Youth tournament finals held in Meru.
Manyatta United emerged the national champions in the boys’ category after beating Rift Valley’s Al-Ahly FC 2-1. Dennis Ayot scored an early penalty for Manyatta in the 23rd minute before Benson Ochieng netted a header in the 38th minute and the first half ended 2-0. Al-Ahly FC came back into the second half, controlling the game and scored a penalty in the 60th minute but it proved to be only a consolation as the match ended at 2-1 in favour of Manyatta.
Nicholas Munangwe, Goal keeper, Manyatta United had this to say, “It is a good feeling to win against such a tough opponent. We have fought hard and we have come a long away. Today is a big day for us and we are so happy. Our win today makes us proud because we are taking home the glory and the Ksh. 1 Million that will go a long way in helping the academy. This is a big thing for us.”
In the girls’ category, Kitale won 4-2 against Nairobi’s Acakoro Ladies in a post-match penalty shootout to be crowned national champions after a 2-2 draw in regulation time. Sylvia Makhungu gave Acakoro an early lead in the 15th minute before Agneta Marondo equalized in the 22nd minute to end the first half at 1-1. The Second half saw Rachel Adhiambo score through a set piece in the 68th minute only for Kitale Queens to respond almost immediately with an equalizer in the 71st minute, courtesy of Daisy Busia as the match ended 2-2.
Cynthia Libondo, Captain, Kitale Queens, had this to say, “This is a dream come true for us. The game was not easy at all but we made it. We are supper excited to be crowned season two’s national champions of the tournament and take home the KES 1M. We are happy.”
The winners each bagged the coveted prize of KES 1M among other individualized prizes. The losing finalists, Acakoro Ladies and Al-Ahly FC pocketed KES 500,000 cash reward and silver medals each.