A Star, Early Heartbreaks, and Wins As Chapa Dimba National Finals Start in Meru

A Star, Early Heartbreaks, and Wins As Chapa Dimba National Finals Start in Meru

June 20, 2019 0 By Orero Levi

When two teams lift the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom trophies on Sunday 23rd, scouts from within and outside Kenya will follow up on a name. A name that has appeared on the scoresheet for Barcelona Ladies for the umpteenth time now. Jane Njeri helped her team win the Central Regional Finals with a brace and she today added four goals to blow away St.Mary’s Ndovea in their path to the finals.

To fit all the quarter-final fixtures today, the organizers of the Chapa Dimba tournament split the games across two stadia. An original expected seven games dropped to six after Bishop Njenga Girls from Western did not turn up for their fixture. As a result, a lucky Kitale Queens from Rift Valley waltzed their way into the semi-finals set for Friday.

Quarter Final Results

Girls

Acakoro Ladies from Nairobi mounted a spectacular comeback to win 3:2 against Ndhiwa Queens therefore effectively dashing the hopes of the region. Despite an early lead by Ndhiwa Queens, an emphatic Catherine Awuor (Acakoro) netted a hattrick to bring back her team to contention. Acakoro proceeds to face Changamwe Ladies from Coast in their semi-final on Friday.

Speaking to the media, an impressed Pauline Awuor (Acakoro Ladies coach) said:

“We’ve had a good victory today. The matches were tough but the girls were tactical and focused. Our opponents had more physique and well-built but we played a more tactical in our game. We never underestimated our opponent and that has always been our secret to success. We look forward for another victory tomorrow in the semis.”

chapa dimba quarterfinals

St. Mary’s Ndovea (Eastern) could not handle the heat from Barcelona Ladies (Central) as the slumped to a heavy defeat of four goals to nil. A stronger test awaits the Central Region champions as they face a well-rested Kitale Queens from Rift Valley. They pin their hopes on their star player to deliver the goods once more in their quest for victory in the semis on Friday.

chapa dimba quarterfinals

Boys

Berlin FC from North Eastern received early heartbreak served by Al Ahly from Rift Valley after they only managed a solitary goal against three from their opponents. Al Ahly proceeds to the semis where they face South B United from Nairobi. South B United edged out Shimanzi Youth from the Coast to end the game at 1:0. The two winners will face each other during the Boys semifinals on Saturday.

chapa dimba quarter finals

chapa dimba quarterfinals

Meanwhile, Lugari Blue Saints from Western were the better team as they won 3:0 against a fancy named Super Solico from Eastern Region. Lugari Blue Saints are definitely a team to watch as they lock horns with Manyatta United from Nyanza in the semis on Saturday. Manyatta United booked their semi-final spot after proving to be too much for Central regional champions Euronuts late in the day. They beat them 4:1.

Full-Time Scores

Girls Draw

 

Quarter Finals (Today)
Quarter Final 1: Acakoro Ladies-Nairobi vs. Ndhiwa Queens-Nyanza (3:2)
Quarter Final 2: Changamwe Ladies-Coast direct to Semis.
Quarter Final 3: St. Mary’s.Ndovea-Eastern vs. Barcelona Ladies-Central (0:4)
Quarter Final 4: Kitale Queens-Rift direct to Semis after no show from the opponent

Semi-Finals (Friday 21 June 2019)
Semi Final 1 – Acakoro Ladies-Nairobi Vs Changamwe Ladies
Semi Final 2 – Barcelona Ladies-Central Vs Kitale Queens-Rift

Finals (Sunday 23 June 2019)
Semifinal 1 winner Vs Semifinal 2 winner

Boys Draw

 

QuarterFinals (Today)
Quarter Final 1: Lugari Blue Saints-Western vs. Super Solico-Eastern (3:0)
Quarter Final 2: Euronuts-Central vs. Manyatta United-Nyanza (1:4)
Quarter Final 3: Berlin FC-North Eastern vs. Al Ahly-Rift (1:3)
Quarter Final 4: Shimanzi Youth-Coast vs. South B United-Nairobi (0:1)

Semi-Finals (Saturday 22 June 2019)
Semi Final 1 – Lugari Blue Saints-Western Vs Manyatta United-Nyanza
Semi Final 2 – Al Ahly-Rift Vs South B United-Nairobi

Finals (Sunday 23 June 2019)
Semifinal 1 winner Vs Semifinal 2 winner

 

The Journey To Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Victory Continues

Meanwhile, as players continue to gather at the Kinoru Stadium in Meru over the weekend to fight for their teams, another story narrates itself. The story of fans who flock the stadium to support the dreams of their teams and give means to motivate their players.

In these victories, the upsets, and the unexpected, fans who believe in the dream and vision of Chapa Dimba na Safaricom will keep on cheering until they lose their voices. Maybe that extra belting of their voices will be what makes the difference between a celebration or tears after the full-time whistle.

chapa dimba quarterfinals

chapa dimba quarterfinals