Nyanza’s Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom youth tournament finals are set to be played this weekend at Gusii Stadium, Kisii County.
Eight teams will take part in the winners progressing to the national final expected to take place in the first quarter of 2018.
This is the third regional final in a tournament which aims at scouting for talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propelling gifted players to the national team.
Over 380 games were played across Nyanza region with 265 teams taking part in the competition that kicked off with group stages on 14th and 15th October in Nyanza West.
“We have already been to Narok and Embu for the Rift Valley and Eastern finals and and it has been an eye opening journey for us. Not only are we seeing top notch talent on display but football fans are also coming out in huge numbers to support their teams,” said Nick Mwendwa, Football Kenya Federation President.
Two players from Rift Valley region champions, Kapenguria Heroes have already been called up to join a Kenya Premier League Side. David Majak who was the top scorer in Narok and Fredrick Krop have both signed for Kakamega Homeboyz ahead of the new 2018 season.
“Nyanza is one of the regions with incredible football talent so we expect to see some amazing action on the ground as we continue to scout for skilled players to draft into the national team,” said Mwendwa.
The boys semifinals will see Awendo Academy from Migori play Nyamira’s Super Eagles while Ombek Red Devils from Rachuonyo will take on Manyatta from Kisumu. In the girls semifinals Gucha’s Omobera Girls will play Plateau Queens from Nyando with Ekenyoro from Nyamira facing Migori’s Ugari Starlets.
The winning teams from Sunday’s final will each receive a cash reward of Shs 200,000.
“So far we have seen some wonderful football talent across the country. Already, the Rift region has produced Kapenguria Heroes and Tar Tar girls for the national grand finale. Mwingi Junior Academy and Ngakaa Talent Center have also emerged from the hotly contested Eastern regional finals. We wish all the boys and girls the very best as they prepare to contest for Nyanza region supremacy,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Director -Consumer Business, Safaricom.
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 renovation of select community pitches through a legacy programme.