It’s Down To The Wire With Nairobi, Rift, and Nyanza Represented in Quest For Bragging Rights in Chapa Dimba Grand Finale

It’s Down To The Wire With Nairobi, Rift, and Nyanza Represented in Quest For Bragging Rights in Chapa Dimba Grand Finale

June 23, 2019 0 By Orero Levi

If you wanted to be part of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom magic, you have probably been following the games since the qualifying rounds. If you want to be part of history, then you need to be in the thick of things as the tournament reaches climax in Meru on Sunday 23rd June.

Acakoro Ladies (Nairobi), Al Ahly and Kitale Queens (Rift) and Manyatta United (Nyanza) are through to the finals of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom games at the Kinoru Stadium in Meru. They overcame grueling fixtures to now sit steps away from tournament glory.

Acakoro shine and Kitale Queens grateful for the advantage

In the girls’ semis held on Friday, Acakoro Ladies won four goals against Changamwe Ladies who only scored two goals despite getting a direct pass from the quarterfinals. Sylvia Makhungu (Acakoro) netted the opener in the 19th minute before Catherine Awuor (Acakoro) added two more before the stroke of halftime. Despite pulling two back, Acakoro ended Changamwe’s dreams for the final in the 93rd minutes as they booked a spot in the final.

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On the other hand, a well-rested Kitale Queens took full advantage of their direct pass from the quarterfinals as they injected heavy defeat into the hearts of Barcelona Ladies. Their physical advantage led to six goals against a sole penalty scored by the Central Champions’ star player, Jane Njeri.

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SCORERS -Girls

Acakoro Ladies 4:2 Changamwe Ladies

Acakoro (4)

· Sylvia Makhungu -19th Minute

· Catherine Awuor- 21st, 35th & 93rd Minutes

Changamwe Ladies (2)

· Saumu Kahindi -46th Minute

· Nancy Akinyi- 50th Minute

Kitale Queens 6:1 Barcelona Ladies

Kitale Queens 6

Metrine Nanjala -20th Minute

Daisy Busia- 38th Minute

Peris Nafula – 65th & 72nd Minutes

Agneta Marondo -70th & 82nd minutes

Barcelona Ladies (1)

· Jane Njeri – 91st Minute (Penalty)

A persistent Al Ahly and a clinical Manyatta United set up tough final

Al Ahly from Rift Valley pegged one back to draw with Nairobi’s South B United and force the game to penalties on Saturday. At full time, the game ended 2 goals each side and coaches schemed on a reality that required both luck and experience. Al Ahly came out top after scoring 3 penalties against 2 by South B United.

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We made it!

Peter Ochieng and Ibrahim Ochieng made sure that Manyatta United (Nyanza) made it to the boys’ final. Their goals against a single goal by Lugari Blue Saints (Western) marked close of business in a nervy match on Saturday.

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We march on

SCORERS -Boys

Al-Ahly FC 2:2 South B United (3:2) Penalties

Al-Ahly FC 2

· Abdirahim Abdullahi -10th Minute

· Marion Idd – 72nd Minute (Penalty)

South B United

· Wilson Anguli -47th Minute (Penalty)

· Kepha Wanjala – 62nd Minute

Manyatta United 2:1 Lugari Blue Saints

Manyatta United (2)

· Peter Ochieng -14th Minute

· Ibrahim Ochieng- 67th Minute

Lugari Blue Saints (1)

· Allan Musonye – 46th Minute

Chapa Dimba losers did not lose all

The losing semifinalists, Lugari Blue Saints, South B United, Barcelona Ladies, and Changamwe Ladies pocketed KES 250,000 cash reward each. The winner in the Sunday’s finals will take home KES 1M while the losing finalist will walk away with KES 500,000 among other individualized prizes.

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Passion

The nation now waits for two games that just might define the footballing careers of these young men and women who have fought and deserve to be at the highest stage of the tournament.