A total of 173 matches will be played in Nyanza this weekend as the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Tournament enters Nyanza for the preliminary stage.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Nyanza North Branch will host 88 matches while 85 matches will be played in the Nyanza South Branch.
In Nyanza North, 63 boys and 22 girls’ matches will be played in Kisumu, Bondo, Nyando and Siaya while in Nyanza South 68 boys and 17 girls matches will be played in Kisii, Nyamira, Rachuonyo and Gucha.
The grand finale is set for March 2018. The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propelling gifted players to the national team.
“We are very proud of this partnership with FKF that is helping uncover talented football players from all over the country. We know there are many more players out there especially at the grassroots level who only need a platform to showcase their skills and Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom is providing that platform,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Director -Consumer Business at Safaricom.
London training camp
At the grand finale, the winning teams will walk away with Sh1 million each and an opportunity to go for an international training and mentorship camp in London in April 2018. Safaricom has invested Sh100 million towards the program which includes Sh10m worth of prizes as well as funds for the renovation of select community pitches through a legacy programme.