Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom heads to Mombasa this weekend for the Coast regional finals at Bomu Stadium, Changamwe. The 5th of 8 regional finals will be played in the evening under floodlights with the Semifinals on Saturday kicking off at 3.00pm and the finals on Sunday starting at 6.00pm
“Players’ welfare is a key component of Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament. The high temperatures in Mombasa during the day could greatly affect their performance and that’s why we felt the need to have the games played in the evening. We appreciate Safaricom for taking this into account and catering for the extra expenses. The teams are ready and we expect very competitive and entertaining football over the weekend,” said Michael Karanja, Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Coast Region Coordinator.
Mombasa teams Shimanzi Youth and Kaloleni United will square it out in the first boys semifinal, while Kilifi’s Matsangaoni boys will take on Maweni United from Malindi in the second semi. In the girls’ category, Changamwe Ladies from Mombasa will face Kwale Starlets as Matsangaoni Ladies from Kilifi play Malindi’s Solwogidi.
The winners will receive a cash reward of KES 200,000 each and an opportunity to represent Coast in the national finals set for Meru in June. The runners-up will also pocket KES 100,000 each and there will also be other individual prizes for the best players.
Already, Kajiado’s Al Ahly and Kitale Queens from Rift Valley, Bishop Njenga Girls and Lugari Blue Saints from Western, Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza as well as Super Solico and St Mary’s Ndovea from Eastern have booked their tickets for the national finals.
This year, an all-star team will be selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides. The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propel gifted players to the national team.