Safaricom has announced that it will invest Ksh. 200 million in the third season of Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom youth football tournament.

The telco has also announced that it will extend its partnership with LaLiga, the men’s top professional football division of the Spanish League, and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) for the third season of Chapa Dimba na Safaricom.

The third season will feature coaching clinics to be conducted in partnership with LaLiga as part of efforts to upskill local football coaches.

“We are grateful for a chance to once again partner with Safaricom and LaLiga to give young, aspiring footballers a chance to display their talent and we hope to discover more players to join the national teams and local premier league clubs” said Nick Mwendwa, Football Kenya Federation President.

The registration process of the tournament will close on 6th September after which grassroots games will kick off. Registration forms are available via the tournament’s website, Safaricom shops and FKF offices countrywide.

Just like the concluded second season, La Liga and FKF scouts will select 16 girls and 16 boys to form an all-star team who will attend a 10-day training camp in Spain. During their stay in Spain they will play friendly matches against top LaLiga youth sides.

“At Safaricom we realise the important role sports plays in our country and we believe it is an avenue the youth can earn from. We are delighted with the great opportunities the tournament has been able to give youth from across the country following a successful run in the previous two seasons. Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom has become a source of hope for many young talented footballers and we look forward to a successful third season”, said Sylvia Mulinge, Safaricom Chief Customer Officer.

The top regional teams will walk away with Ksh. 200,000, and qualify for the national finals. At the finals the winning teams will each walk away with Ksh. 1 Million with best players at regional and national levels also walking away with various cash prizes.

Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom was launched in June 2017 with the aim of giving youth between the ages of 16-20 years a platform to showcase their talent.

In the first season of Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom, Kapenguria Heroes from West Pokot emerged victorious in the boys category after beating Gor Mahia Youth FC 3-0. While Plateau Queens from Nyanza won 4-3 against Tar Tar girls from West Pokot in the girls category. Manyatta United and Kitale Queens emerged as the winners in the second season.