December 9, 2019 By Sysca Kendi
Yanga Boys and Kwale Queens are the new coast region winners in the third Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom season dethroning Shimanzi Youth and Changamwe Starlets who emerged winners last season.
The girl’s final was the most anticipated match of the day after Malindi Action netted five goals to one past Emmaussians and a beautiful penalty shoot out that sent Kwale Ladies to the final on Saturday. Despite Susan Awuor’s injury yesterday, she managed to keep a clean sheet for Kwale Queens in goal against one of the most promising stars from Malindi Action, Mwanajuma Mwanure who scored 2 goals in the Saturday’s semi final. After a barren draw in the first half, Kwale Queens were determined to take a lead against their rivals with various goal attempts.
It only took 5 minutes after coming back from the halftime break for Lucy Kwekwe to open Kwale’s scoresheet in the 50th minute with a stunning goal and completed her brace in the 69th minute. Saumu sealed the win by scoring the third goal in the 70th minute. Malindi Action did not live up to its name as the match ended 3 nil without any action from them.
“Looking back at the semis, my girls were not prepared psychologically resulting in a lot of mistakes. Today we came prepared hence the good performance. We shall go back to the drawing board and prepare adequately to ensure we put up a strong show in the national finals.”George Ojwaya, Kwale Ladies Coach.
In a male dominated field, two coast region teams have worked hard to break the glass ceiling by integrating female coaches in their teams. Safaricom has in the past encouraged more female coaches to join the game and mentor the young players, making this a huge win for everyone. Janet Mwanure let Malindi Action while Young Muslims’ assistant coach was also a lady.
Yanga Boys (Malindi) took an early lead though Mohamed Awadh’s goal against Kaya Stars (Kaloleni) in the second minute. Kaya Stars were awarded a penalty after their keeper was brought down Isaac Chiringa from Kaya Stars and was taken out of the match in a stretcher. Peter Nzoni took the penalty but it was quickly saved, killing Kaya’s hopes of getting back in the game through an equalizer. 2 minutes into the second half, Yanga’s Ali Mohammed scored their second goal making it 2 nil against Kaya Stars.
Kaya were 10 men down on the 53rd minute after one of their defenders went out briefly to receive treatment when Yanga’s Lemmy Julo scored the third goal. Lemmy completed his brace by converting a penalty in the 70th minute to cement Yanga’s win in a 4 nil win. Yanga’s strategy seemed to have worked to their advantage in the final after their coach promised to bring fast players.
“I have high hopes of winning the finals knowing how Kaya stars play. I will restructure my game play and improve the team’s technique by bringing on board some of my fast players to help us secure a win.”Abel Bellamy, Yanga FC Coach after Saturday’s Semi final..
More than 5000 fans were at Bomu Stadium to cheer their favorite teams in yesterday’s final a testament that the competition is bringing people together.
Kwale Queens and Yanga Boys took home 200,000 each for winning in the regional level while the runners up; Malindi Action and Kaya Stars got 100,000 each. Kwale Queens and Yanga Boys will represent Coast Region in the national finals set in June 2020. A host of individual prizes were also awarded to the most exciting talent of the tournament.
At the end of all the regional finals, an all-Star team comprising of 16 girls and 16 boys will be selected to attend a 10-day training camp in Spain during which they will play friendlies against top Spanish La Liga Football Academies. The competition now moves to Nanyuki for the Central regional finals set for 18th and 19th January 2020 at the Nanyuki stadium.
· Lucy Kwekwe – Kwale Ladies
. Erick Katana- Kaya Stars
Golden Boot/Top scorer
· Lucy Kwekwe (2 goals) Kwale Ladies
· Naomi Jemin (2 goals) Malindi Action
· Mwanajuma Mwalimu (2 goals) Malindi Action
· Lemmy Julo- Yanga FC(3 -Goals)
Best Goal Keeper/Golden Glove
· Samuel Kiboni –Yanga FC
· Lucy Akinyi – Kaloleni Starlets