Berlin FC from Garissa are the 2019 winners of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom North Eastern region finals held today at Garissa Teachers College.
Berlin emerged top, beating Al-Ansar from Wajir 4-3 in post-match penalties after a goalless draw in normal time.
The winning team received a cash reward of KES 200,000 and an opportunity to play in the national finals set for June 2019 in Meru where KES 1 million is at stake.
“We are happy with our win and we thank God. The match was tough but we managed to score more goals in the penalty shootouts. I am more excited because I have also won in the most valuable player category. I owe this to the team support,” said Abdallah Marro, MVP and Berlin FC player.
“We are glad to be the champions in this region. We train together all the time hence great teamwork. Our aim is to bring national title to Garissa this year and we will try our best to achieve this. I am glad to be crowned the best keeper in the overall tournament,” said, Yahya Mohamed, Golden Glove winner and player Berlin FC.
Already Euronuts and Barcelona from Central region, Mombasa’s Shimanzi youth and Changamwe ladies, Kajiado’s Al Ahly and Kitale Queens from Rift Valley, Bishop Njenga Girls and Lugari Blue Saints from Western, Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza as well as Super Solico and St Mary’s Ndovea from Eastern have booked the tickets for the national finals.
The runners-up also pocketed KES 100,000 among other individual prizes. The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propelling gifted players to the national team.
This year an all-star team will be selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.
The competition moves to Nairobi this weekend, the 27th and 28th April 2019 for the last regional final.