May 20, 2024

Stage is set as Chapa Dimba Nationals draw is held

Stage is set as Chapa Dimba Nationals draw is held

A staggering 3,353 teams and over 60,300 players engaged in exciting competition during the national preliminary matches held across Kenya's diverse regions.

The eagerly anticipated draw for the Safaricom Chapa Dimba youth tournament final has been unveiled. With the draw held  in Nairobi on Friday, the national spectacle marks the culmination of the 4th edition of the prestigious youth soccer championships, a journey that has spanned the entire nation in pursuit of the ultimate champions.

A staggering 3,353 teams and over 60,300 players engaged in exciting competition during the national preliminary matches held across Kenya's diverse regions. From this extensive pool, 16 teams emerged victorious, comprising eight boys' and eight girls' teams, earning their place in the national finals scheduled from Thursday, April 11th to Sunday, April 14th at The Mamboleo Stadium in Kisumu County.

The thrilling action will commence from the quarterfinal stage, staged across two pitches - Mamboleo Stadium and Moi Stadium.

 In the boys' category, the hosts Obunga FC will clash with Lysa FC from the Central region, while Bandari Youth from the Coast region will confront Wajir All-stars from the North Eastern region. PASC Langa from the Rift Valley will square off against Dandora’s Young Kings from Nairobi, and Ebwali FC from the Western region will challenge Chuka University Scorpions from the Eastern region.

In the girls' category, the reigning champions Plateau Queens, also known as Nyakach Girls, will lock horns with Changamwe Ladies from the Coast region. Brenda Girls from the Western region will go head-to-head with Syomunyu Secondary, and Dagoretti Mixed from Nairobi will take on Wiyeta Girls from the Rift Valley. Barcelona Ladies SC from the Central region will clash with Wajir Queens from the North Eastern region.

Following the quarterfinals, all eyes will be on Mamboleo Stadium for the exhilarating semifinals, scheduled for Friday and Saturday. 

Finally, the pinnacle of the tournament, the finals, will grace the same venue on Sunday, promising an electrifying conclusion to this extraordinary sporting event.

Speaking during the draw, Chris Amimo, Chapa Dimba tournament director said, “The Safaricom Chapa Dimba tournament stands out as one of the most prestigious events in our nation's sports calendar. The fourth edition has been exceptional, boasting a remarkable participation of over 3,300 teams from grassroots levels. We have had the privilege of witnessing incredible talents, with some already making their mark in our National U-20 and Premier League teams. We are set for the national finals next week in Kisumu, where sixteen teams will battle for the national title,” 

“As we prepare for the national finals, let us celebrate not just the impending victories but also the spirit of unity, hard work, and community upliftment that Safaricom Chapa Dimba represents. Our investment in this tournament, over KES 400 million this season, is an investment in the future of Kenya—a future where every young person can dare to dream and achieve those dreams,” said Lucille Aveva, Director, Customer Obsession at Safaricom.

“Chapa Dimba is more than a football tournament to us. It is a platform where we also deeply engage with communities through health and socio-economic empowerment initiatives. This season alone, we have conducted 8 Digital Financial Literacy training, empowering over 4,000 vendors and setting them up for their journey towards financial independence. Additionally, over 20,000 individuals have benefited from our medical camps across the eight regions,” added Aveva.

 

 


The winning teams in the national finals will walk away with KES 1 million in cash, with the runners-up and second runners-up taking home KES 500,000 and KES 250,000, respectively (both boys’ and girls’ team). In addition to the prize money, each player, both winners, runners-up and second runners-up, will also get Neon Smartphones, the first locally assembled 4G smartphone in Kenya.

The outstanding players, including the Best Goalkeeper, Top Scorer, and Most Valuable Player (boys and girls), will each receive KES. 50,000.

In addition, this year’s tournament has also offered 150 TVET scholarships to Most Valuable Players (MVPs), empowering them with education and skills for life beyond football.

Safaricom Chapa Dimba aims to provide a structured platform for scouts and coaches to tap into new talent, build feeder systems for the Kenyan football leagues across the country, and train a total of 250 coaches. The tournament targets footballers aged between 16 and 20 years.

Boys Draw

Quarter Final 1: Obunga FC (Nyanza) vs. Lysa FC (Central) - (Moi stadium)

Quarter Final 2: Bandari Youth (Coast) vs. Wajir All stars (N. Eastern) -(Mamboleo stadium)

Quarter Final 3: PASC Langa (Rift Valley) vs. Young Kings (Nairobi) -(Mamboleo Stadium)

Quarter Final 4: Ebwali FC (Western) vs. Chuka Uni Scorpions (Eastern) (Moi Stadium)

Semi-Finals

Semi Final 1 - Quarter Final 1 Winner Vs. Quarter Final 2 Winner

Semi Final 2 - Quarter Final 3 Winner Vs. Quarter Final 4 Winner

Finals

Semifinal 1 winner Vs. Semifinal 2 winner

Girls Draw

Quarter Final 1: Syomunyu Secondary (Eastern) vs. Brenda Girls (Western) (Moi Stadium)

Quarter Final 2: Dagoretti Mixed (Nairobi) vs. Wiyeta Girls (Rift Valley) (Mamboleo stadium)

Quarter Final 3: Changamwe Ladies (Coast) vs. Plateau Queens (Nyanza) (Moi Stadium) 

Quarter Final 4: Barcelona Ladies SC (Central) vs. Wajir Queens (Eastern) (Mamboleo stadium)

Semi-Finals

Semi Final 1 - Quarter Final 1 Winner Vs. Quarter Final 2 Winner

Semi Final 2 - Quarter Final 3 Winner Vs. Quarter Final 4 Winner

Finals

Semifinal 1 winner Vs. Semifinal 2 winner