Mombasa, Kenya – 21st January 2018… Shimba Hills from Kwale edged out Breezeham from Malindi in the Coast Regional boys finals of Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom youth tournament held today at Shanzu Teachers Training College Grounds, Mombasa.
Shimba Hills triumphed after putting up a skillful match against Breezeham scoring 3:0 within the regulation time.
Waa Girls from Kwale earlier won the girls category after beating Solwogidi from Malindi 3:0.
The winners each received a cash reward of Shs 200,000 and will now proceed to the National finals set for the 24th and 25th March, this year. At the grand finale, the winning team will walk away with Sh1 million each and an opportunity to go for an international training and mentorship camp in London in April 2018.
“We have enjoyed the matches today with incredible football talents displayed. We applaud the winning teams for the job well done! We are very proud of this partnership with Safaricom for it promotes grassroot football across the country,” said Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa.
The teams that have so far qualified for the national final include Rift Valley’s Kapenguria Heroes and Tar Tar Girls as well as Mwingi Junior Academy and Ngakaa Talent Academy from Eastern.
From Nyanza, Ombek Red Devils and Plateau Queens also emerged regional champions while Al-Hayat FC will represent North Eastern region.
Western, Central and Nairobi regions are scheduled to hold their regional finals in the next few weeks.
“The yield of this tournament is for sure impactful. We celebrate the milestone achievements that have so far been realized. We are proud to be part of a competition that will produce the next generation of football giants and we urge all the youth to be part of this journey. We congratulate all the teams that have already made it to the finals! We are all proud of you,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Director -Consumer Business
Over 380 games were played across Coast region with 166 teams taking part in the competition that kicked off with group stages on 2ndDecember 2017.
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.