The Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Youth tournament entered the penultimate stage on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, with the conclusion of the national draw in Nairobi.
The National finals, set to be held at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega between March 22, and March 25, 2018, are a culmination of a grassroots tournament that saw close to 1700 teams take part across the country.
Winners from eight regions are set to contest a Ksh 1million in prize money and a chance to spend a week with Kenyan and Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Victor Wanyama in the UK.
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The tourney targeted players under the age of 20 years, with an effort aimed at nurturing talent and building capacity of grass-roots coaches through on ground coaching workshops.
“The future of Kenyan Football lies in youth development,” said FKF President Nick Mwendwa during the draw that was also attended by Safaricom Head of Nairobi West Region Mr. Victor Ngumo.
“It is for this reason that FKF, in conjunction with Safaricom, took up this initiative (Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament) with an aim of tapping raw talent from the grassroots.
“Some of the players we have scouted from the tournament will be part of the U20 National team, which forms the backbone of the senior National team, Harambee Stars,” explained the President.
Teams that qualify for the semifinals are set to pocket ksh 250,000 each, while the finalists will each pocket Ksh 500,000. The overall winner in each category will pocket ksh 1 Million, as well as a trip to London to meet Safaricom’s Brand Ambassador Victor Wanyama, who turns out for English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs.
Waa Girls (Coast) vs Tartar Girls (Rift Valley) (Bukhungu Stadium, 9 am)
Arch Bishop Njenga Girls (Western) vs Nairobi Ladies Winner (Kakamega High, 10 am)
Plateau Queens (Nyanza) vs Ngakaa Talent Academy (Eastern) (Bukhungu Stadium, 11 am)
Limuru Starlets handed a bye to the semifinals
Mukumu Boys (Western) vs Shimba Hills (Coast) (Bukhungu Stadium, 1 pm)
Al Hayat (North Eastern) vs Nairobi Mens Winner (Kakamega High, 10 am)
Ombek Red Devils (Nyanza) vs Euronuts (Central) (Bukhungu Stadium, 3 pm)
Mwingi Junior Stars (Eastern) vs Kapenguria Heroes (Rift Valley) (Kakamega High, 2 pm)