February 9, 2020 By Sysca Kendi
Tumaini Boys from Makueni and Isiolo Starlets dethrone last season’s winners Supersolico and St. Mary’s Ndovea to become this year’s Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Eastern Region champions. The two teams have booked a place at the Bomu Stadium for the National finals in June this year.
First final of the day was between Isiolo Queens and Chuka University. Even with the fears that Susan Wanjeri would not play today owing to an injury scare after yesterday’s semi-final, Susan had her eyes on the prize right after the kick-off and scored a screamer in the 3rd minute. Halima Tadicha, one of Isiolo’s big stars who scored two goals yesterday had to be substituted in the 25th minute after she sustained an injury. She was replaced by Guyatu Halake who scored a beautiful free kick and brought Isiolo Starlets back to the game making it 1-1 at half time.
Guyatu was a game changer for Isiolo as she provided an assist to Hilda Wanjiku who netted the second goal for the Starlets. A mistake from Chuka University’s goalkeeper gave Hilda Wanjiku her second goal to make it 3-1 but Susan Wanjeri took advantage of their celebrations and netted her second goal for Chuka University a few seconds later. Wanjeri’s subsequent shots on target were all saved and her team’s dream to be in the finals was cut shot after the match ended 3-2 in favor of Isiolo Starlets.
“We are so happy and proud of the work we have done as a team. We are positive that we will win in the national finals. We are grateful to Safaricom for giving us this opportunity.”Isiolo Starlets’ Captain
The most anticipated match of the day between Black Panthers and Tumaini Boys started on a high note. Mohammed Yasin scored Tumaini’s first goal in the 2nd minute, giving them an early lead against the Panthers. This brought his total goals to 5 after yesterday 4 goals against Biashara from Moyale. He quickly scored another one two minutes later but unfortunately for him, it was ruled offside denying him and the team a second goal. Yasin scored the second in the 18th minute and completed a hat-trick in the 48th minute for Tumaini.
Abdul Malik scored a consolation goal for the black panthers in the 75th minute after a few futile tries by his teammate Denis Mureithi. Moris destroyed every last hope that the Panthers had left of getting back in the game by scoring the 4th goal for Tumaini Boys in the 88th minute, cementing their Eastern region win.
Mohammed Yasin received the golden boot award which he rightfully deserved after scoring a total of 7 goals this weekend. Susan Wanjeri from Chuka University and Hilda Wanjiku shared the ladies golden boot award. The golden boot was a accompanied by a cash prize of KES 30,000 for the winners. The golden glove awards went to Riziki Fatuma from Isiolo Starlets and Fanuel Milton from Tumaini Boys and a cash prize of KES 30,000 for each. The most valuable player(MVP) was awarded to Susan Wanjeri (Chuka University) and Mohammed Yasin (Tumaini Boys) and a cash prize of 30,000 for each.
The tournament winners Tumaini Boys and Isiolo Starlets received a cash prize of KES 200,000 each and a chance to play in the national finals while Chuka University and Black Panthers received a runners up cash prize of KES 100,000 each. The two teams will now join North Eastern’s Berlin FC from Garissa, Coast region’s Yanga FC from Malindi and Kwale Ladies, and Central region’s Falling Waters from Laikipia and Ulinzi youth from Nanyuki in the National finals. The national finals champions will take home KES 1,000,000.
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.