Isiolo Starlets and Tumaini School from Makueni are the new Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Eastern Region champions. In the girls final, Isiolo saw off Chuka University while Tumaini beat Black Panthers from Meru Central in the boys final held at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.
Chuka’s, Susan Wanjeri scored in the 3rd minute to put the students ahead but Rebeka Nkirote equalised in the 33rd Minute. Hilda Wanjiku and Nasibo Ibrahim then added two goals to extended the lead for Isiolo Starlets in the second half in the 53rd and 57th minute with Wanjeri scoring her second of the match for Chuka in the 57th minute but Isiolo held on to win 3-2.
“We came to the finals prepared to win. We observed how our opponents played yesterday and capitalized on their weaknesses which earned us a win,” Hussein Wako, coach Isiolo Starlets.
“I am happy we have won because it was a tough match. After we conceded early we had to keep up the fighting spirit that we learned from the mentorship program we received earlier from our mentors. It is an honour representing the Eastern region at the Nationals and we promise to do our best,” said Kula Dida, Captain Isiolo Starlets.
Tumaini School emerged victorious in the boy’s finals after beating Black Panthers 4-1.
Yasin Mohamed scored a hat trick in the 4th, 19th and 47th minute, before Enow Abdumalik scored Black Panthers consolation goal in the 83rd Minute. Kapirante Moris sealed Tumaini’s win in the 88th minute.
Isiolo Starlets and Tumaini School received a cash reward of KES 200,000 each and an opportunity to represent Eastern Region at the national finals set for June 2020 at Bomu Stadium, Mombasa County.
They have now joined 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 in the national finals where KES 1,000,000 is up for grabs.
The tournament now moves to Jamuhuri high school, Nairobi for the Nairobi Regional finals on the 22nd- 23rd as the race to the national finals intensifies
32 boys and girls will this season be selected after the regional finals to form an all-star team that will attend a 10-day training camp in Spain during which they will play friendlies against top Spanish La Liga football academies.