In a fun-packed weekend at the Nanyuki stadium, Ulinzi Youth and Falling Waters stamped their authority as the boys and girls champions in Central region. The two teams will thus represent the region in the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom National Finals.
The journey to the final
JYSA FC from Juja recovered from a goal down to beat Irigiro FC (Maragua) to book a place in the finals. Elegae Dickson neutralized the Irigiro goal by Ouma Pio to balance the scales at the 21st minute of the game. Kimoy Roy gave the winners a reward for their fight at the 84th minute when he beat the Irigiro FC keeper.
In the other semifinal, Kiamatugu Boys (Kirinyaga) could not do enough to overturn the goal netted by Ulinzi Youth (Nanyuki). The sole goal scored at the 17th minute was all it took for Ulinzi to march to Sunday’s final.
JYSA 2-1 Irigiro
Pio Ouma (Irigiro) – 13th Minute
Dickson Elegae (JYSA) – 21st Minute
Kimoi Roy (JYSA) – 84th Minute
Ulinzi Youth 1-0 Kiamatugu
Brian Kafero-17th Minute
“Today’s game was tough as everybody played to win. It was a tight match and luck was on our side because we managed to score an early goal and emerge as winners. We will give our best in the finals to ensure that we win the title because it is what we have been training for.”Brian Kafero, Ulinzi Stars player.
In a total obliteration of their opponents, Falling Waters, who were defending champions, blew away Karima Queens (Nyeri) 12-0. Jane Njeri (Falling Waters) scored four to rise to tournament’s top scorer.
In semifinal two, Limuru Starlets shot five times through Achievers Queens (Ruiru) to secure a place in the finals. Achievers Queens managed a solitary goal to spare them more blushes. This set a mouth watering repeat of last season’s Central region finale of Limuru Starlets against Falling Waters.
Falling Waters 12-0 Karima Queens
Ariviza Eunice- 19th, 89th Minute
Jane Njeri- 29th, 31st ,46th and 86th Minute
Nanjala Naomi- 38th and 64th Minute
Wanjiru Esther 40th and 53rd Minute
Wangui Margaret- 46th and 86th Minute
Achievers Queens 1-5 Limuru Starlets
Esther Wangechi (Achievers Queens) -84th Minute
Damaris Akinyi-17th ,52nd and 75th Minute
Ruth Muthoni-36th Minute
Ivy Sarah- 46th Minute
“Today’s win goes to show that the hard work we put in was worth the effort. We look forward to a good game tomorrow and hopefully we will regain our lost title.”James Kairu, Coach, Limuru Starlets.
JSYA opened the scoring to rattle the nerves of Ulinzi Youth in Sunday’s boys’ final. Soon, a brilliant equalizer by Ulinzi Youth turned the game on its head. By half time, the score was 2-1 in favour of Ulinzi Youth.
A renewed energy saw Ulinzi Youth add one more goal and outclass JYSA to deservedly claim Central region’s bragging rights.
JYSA (Clinton Sheitara – 9th Minute)
Ulinzi Youth (Brian Kafero – 29th Minute, Emmanuel Lenkai – 34th Minute, Kelvin Akmat – 72nd Minute)
Red Card (Michael Boas- JYSA 80th Minute)
In the girls’ final, the first half yielded only one goal by Falling Waters with both teams playing a defensive game. 20 minutes into the second half, Falling Waters broke the hearts of Limuru Starlets once again by scoring their second goal. A penalty awarded to Jane Njeri ( Falling Waters) all but ended the match despite the 82nd minute goal by Limuru Starlets. The match ended at 3-1.
Scorers – Girls
Falling Waters ( Miriam Lutomia – 9th Minute, Jane Njeri- 65th and 74th Minute)
Limuru Starlets ( Joy Kanja- 82nd Minute )
Girls: Miriam Lutomia – Falling Waters
Boys: Kelvin Akmat – Ulinzi Youth
Golden Boot/Top scorer
Girls: Jane Njeri- Falling Waters (6 goals)
Boys: Brian Kafero – Ulinzi Youth (2 goals)
Best Goal Keeper/Golden Glove
Girls: Eunice Alele- Falling Waters
Boys: Elijah Mambo- Ulinzi Youth
The winning teams in Sunday’s finals walked away with a cash prize of KES 200,000 each and will represent the Central Region at the national finals. The runners-up received KES 100,000 each among many other individual prizes.
So far, North Eastern’s Berlin FC (Garissa), Coast region’s Yanga FC (Malindi) and Kwale Ladies have booked their spots at the national finals where KES 1,000,000 is the top prize.
Like last season, Chapa Dimba will select an all-Star team comprising of 16 girls and 16 boys to attend a 10-day training camp in Spain where they will play friendlies against top Spanish La Liga football academies.