The Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega is the place to be. With the National Finals of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Youth Tournament bringing the best youth teams in the country, Kakamega, and the larger Western Region has been abuzz with the youth teams, their fans and locals enjoying the spectacular entertainment on offer at one of the most iconic and monumental grounds in Kenya.
Yesterday, 22 March saw the kick off of the Finals with quarterfinal knockouts, sweetened by the alluring cash bounty of Ksh 250 000, progression to the semis for another Ksh 500 000 and ultimately the Finals, where Ksh 1 000 000 and a trip to the International training camp with Victor Wanyama in London to play for.
The girls’ quarterfinals saw Tar Tar Women FC from Rift run-away 3:2 winners against Waa Girls from Coast as Archbishop Njenga from Western win 7:1 against Beijing Raiders, the Champions from the Capital. Nyanza region’s Plateau Queens would have Ngakaa Talent Academy from Eastern against the ropes and to the glee of fans, dispatch the Eastern queens 7:1. Central Finalists Limuru Starlets didn’t have a quarterfinal fixture but took the opportunity to prepare for their Semi Final tie against Plateau Queens.
Tar Tar Women FC, therefore, faces Archbishop Njenga in the Semifinals as Limuru Startlets play Plateau Queens.
“We’ve had a good victory today. The matches were tough but the girls were physically fit and focused. We never underestimated our opponent and that has always been our secret to success. We will up our game for better results tomorrow and look forward to winning the semis,” said George Omondi, Coach Plateau Queens.
The boys’ quarterfinals saw Mukumu Boys from Western beat Shimba Hills from Coast 3:1 as Gor Mahia Youth from Nairobi beat Al Hayat from North Eastern 4:0. Kapenguria Heroes from West Pokot also booked their semis slot after trouncing 4:1 Eastern’s Mwingi Juniors. Nyanza region’s Ombek Red Devils drew 3:3 against Euronuts from Central in regulation time and eventually won the post-match penalties 5:3.
Mukumu Boys will face Gor Mahia Youth FC as Kapenguria Heroes take on Ombek Red Devils in the semis set for Saturday 24 March.
“Our win today is as a result hard work and team spirit. The game tomorrow will not be easy at all but we look forward to good results. Our focus is to win the finals and be the champions,” said Fredrick Krop, striker – Kapenguria Heroes Boys.
Bishop Njenga 7:1 Beijing Raiders
Bishop Njenga (7)
- Shilachiro Noel -3rd Minute
- Mato Sharon- 24th, 52nd & 68th Minute
- Wanyonyi Violet – 21st, 25th & 28th Minute
Beijing Raiders (1)
- Auma Yvvone – 80th Minute (Penalty)
Plateau Queens 7:1 Ngakaa Talent Center
Plateau Queens (7)
- Valentine Awuor -35th & 73rd Minute
- Aoko Loline- 78th & 82nd Minute
- Achieng Beverline- 13th Minute
- Molly Monica – 15th Minute
- Akinyi Mercy – 43rd Minute
Ngakaa Talent Center (1)
- Doris Wafula 29th Minute
Tar Tar Girls 3:2 Waa Girls
Tar Tar (3)
- Elizabeth Nafula – 49th, 64th & 69th Minute
Waa Girls (2)
- Sidy Sarma – 8th Minute
- Marium Tania – 3rd Minute
Mukumu Boys 3:1 Shimba Hills
Mukumu Boys (3)
- Kasambeli Leonard – 25th Minute
- Brian Chala – 49th Minute
- Alvin Mangeni- 13th Minute
Shimba Hills (1)
- Bakari Kishombo – 57th Minute
Gor Mahia Youth 4:0 Al Hayat FC
Gor Mahia Youth (4)
- Mwendwa Mathew– 15th
- Otieno Selassie – 40th &41st Minute
- Omwenga Dickson – 62nd Minute
Ombek Red Devils 3:3 Euronuts
Ombek Red Devils (3)
- Ogot Ben – 6th 42nd &47th Minute
- Riek Nhial – 55th Minute
- Njugunah John – 71st Minute
- Mungai George – 76th Minute
Kapenguria Heroes 4:1 Mwingi Junior Academy
Kapenguria Heroes (4)
- Atem Kato– 26th & 43rd Minute
- Krop Fredrick – 53rd Minute
- Poriot Gabriel – 86th Minute
Mwingi Junior Academy (1)
- Nassir Ali- 60th Minute
PLEASE NOTE: TAR TAR WOMEN FC and PLATEAU QUEENS are through to the FINAL after winning their respective SEMI FINAL ties earlier today.