New champions set to be crowned in Chapa Dimba Rift finals
Itigo Girls who lost 4-0 in last year’s regional finals to Kitale will look to have a second bite of the final cherry but they will first need to go beyond Kajiado’s Achievers. Bomet Queens will battle West Pokot’s Wiyeta in the second semi.
There will be new champions crowned when the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament heads to the Rift Valley for the regional finals this weekend. Kitale Queens and Al Ahly from Kajiado, both who clinched the title last season did not make it past the preliminary round.
Their absence will make room for new kings and queens of the region to be crowned, with season one champions Kapenguria Heroes back seeking to reclaim lost glory after missing out last season.
Last year’s losing finalists Tumkas will also return looking to right the wrongs in the absence of the holders and finally clinch a maiden crown.
“Football is unpredictable. You may come prepared for a win but the odds don’t favor you. I know for sure it won’t be easy to secure a win, however, we have trained hard in readiness for the teams we have been drawn against. I have faith this time round we shall win and represent our region at the national finals,” Peter Tanui, the Tumkas stated.
Tumkas will start their campaign against Kajiado’s Laiser Hill in the semis while Kapenguria will take on Transmara’s White Rhino in the first semi-final.
Meanwhile in the girls’ encounter, Itigo Girls who lost 4-0 in last year’s regional finals to Kitale will look to have a second bite of the final cherry but they will first need to go beyond Kajiado’s Achievers. Bomet Queens will battle West Pokot’s Wiyeta in the second semi.
The winning teams in the regional finals will walk away with Sh200,000 and a chance to represent the region in the national finals set for June where Sh1mn is up for grabs. The runners up will pocket Sh100,000 with a host of individual prizes set to be won.
So far, Nairobi’s Dagoretti Mixed High, Beijing Raiders from Starehe, Tumaini School from Makueni, Isiolo Starlets from Isiolo, North Eastern’s Berlin FC from Garissa, Coast region’s Yanga FC from Malindi, Kwale Ladies, Falling Waters from Laikipia and Ulinzi Youth from Nanyuki have secured tickets to the national finals.
After the regional finals, an All-Star team comprising of 16 girls and 16 boys will be selected to attend a 10-day training camp in Spain during which they will play friendlies against top Spanish La Liga Football Academies.