Wiyeta Girls (West Pokot) and Laiser Hill (Kajiado) are the newly crowned girls’ and boys’ are the newly crowned Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Rift Regional champions.
Wiyeta’s Edina Wanda opened the scores in the 11th minute followed by a goal from Jacinta Karemana in the 34th minute and Opisa Shaylene netting the final goal in the 45th minute leading to a 3-0 win against Itigo Girls.
“Words cannot express how happy I feel as a captain. Since Chapa Dimba started we have been chasing the title to no avail and I thank God this time our efforts bore fruit. I have high hopes that come the national finals no matter what team we will face, we shall win,” said Wiyeta Captain, Diana Musiliri.
In the boys’ finals, Samson Tanui scored for Kapenguria Heroes from West Pokot shortly after the first whistle in the 8th minute. A determined Laiser Hill came from a goal down in the 78th Minute with a goal from Majabe Shariff after he scored a penalty to end the game 1-1 in normal regulation time forcing the game to go to a post-match penalty shootout, where Laiser Hill won 4-2.
“This is our second attempt in the tournament. Last year we were knocked out in Kajiado and I thank God for giving us the win this year. Despite our opponents scoring first, I asked the boys to keep up the fighting spirit which earned us a goal to put us back into the game and finally took the day,” said Laiser Hill Academy Coach, John Mwaura.
Both Wiyeta Girls and Laiser Hill won KES 200,000 and will now represent the Rift region in the national finals set for June 2020 at Bomu Stadium, Mombasa. Itigo girls and Kapenguria Heroes did not walk away empty handed as they both pocketed KES 100,000, with a host of individual prizes won by players who registered exemplary performances.
Wiyeta and Laiser Hill have now joined Nairobi’s Dagoretti Mixed High, Beijing Raiders from Starehe, Tumaini School from Makueni, Isiolo Starlets from Isiolo, North Eastern’s Berlin FC from Garissa, Coast region’s Yanga FC from Malindi, Kwale Ladies, Falling Waters from Laikipia and Ulinzi Youth from Nanyuki have secured tickets to the national finals.
The competition now shifts to Mumias for the Western regional finals set for 21st and 22nd March 2020 at the Mumias Sports Complex grounds.
32 players, both boys and girls will be selected from the 8 regional finals to make up an All-Star team to attend a 10-day training camp in Spain during which they will play friendlies against top Spanish La Liga Football Academies.
- Diana Musiliri – (Wiyeta Girls)
- Timothy Ouma – (Laiser Hill)
Golden Boot/Top scorer
- Opisa Shaylene- (7 goals) Wiyeta Girls
- Alfred Tanui- (2 goals) Kapenguria Heroes
Best Goal Keeper/Golden Glove
- Mumi James – Laiser Hill
- Emelda Ingaitsa – Wiyeta Girls