Nairobi Region will this weekend be the center of football action with the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament holding its 5th Regional finals at Jamhuri High school on Saturday and Sunday.
In the girls category season 1 champions Starehe’s Beijing Raiders will be hoping to reclaim their lost glory, but they will first have to make it past Kibagare Girls from Westlands in the semifinals. In the second semifinals defending champions Acakoro Ladies from Kasarani will face Makadara’s St. Anne’s Eaglets.
During last year’s regional final, Acakoro FC beat Carolina from Kibera FC (5-4) in post-match penalties after a 1-1 draw in full time. At the National finals, Acakoro Ladies narrowly missed the title after they were edged out 4-2 by Kitale Queens.
“We are prepared for the tournament because this season, I have brought in fresh blood who are hungry for the glory. These are young players who I feel have a unique and exciting style of play that will give us the much-deserved win and a chance to represent Nairobi Region at the Nationals,” said Mark Okwiri, Coach, Beijing Raiders.
With reigning Champions South B United failing to go past the group stage, new winners are set to be crowned in the boys’ category. Brookshine Academy from Kasarani will play Madaraka’s Harakati Sportiff with Kenya School of Government (KSG) from Westlands and Dagoretti High school pitted against each other.
The winners will then face off on Sunday with all games set to be played at the same venue.
The winning teams will walk away with KES 200,000 each and a chance to represent the region in the National finals set for June 2020 where KES 1 000 000 will be up for grabs. The runners up will pocket KES 100,000 with a host of individual prices set to be won.
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.