Itigo Girls from Nandi North will face Wiyeta from west Pokot while Kapenguria battle out with Leiser Hill Academy during the Rift Regional Finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom National Youth Tournament at Green Stadium, Kericho.
Girls Semi Final
With Kitale Queens failing to qualify for the Rift region finals, the spot for the best girls’ team in the region is up for grabs. In the girls’ semis, Itigo Girls beat Achievers from Kajiado 6-0. Marion Wafula opened the scoresheet for Itigo Girls in the 12th minute and added to her tally in the 25th, 60th and 86th with team mate Claudia Kadenge scoring a brace in the 18th and 47 Minute to seal the win.
The second semi final saw Bomet Queens get a proper thrashing when they let a total of 17 goals from Wiyeta go past their defense in a rather embarrassing match that they hope to get over.
“It was a lovely game. We came in anxious but soon as the game kicked off we were able to adjust to opponents’ style of play and I am happy that we were able to emerge winners. I thank my teammates for the teamwork that enabled me score four goals and I hope to display a terrific performance in tomorrow’s finals, said Marrion Wafula, player, Itigo Girls.
Boys Semi Final
Even though they did not make it last year, Season one’s national champions, Kapenguria Heroes, came back to claim what once belonged to them and they meant it with every pass of the ball. They overcame White Rhino in a 2-1 win which had all their fans at the edge of their seats hoping that White Rhino would not equalize. Alfred Tanui scored the first goal for Kapenguria Heroes in the 16th Minute with Wesley Mutai scoring the winning goal at the 48th minute. Tyson Kapchanga scored White Rhinos consolation goal at the 33rd Minute.
In the second boy’s semifinals, Laiser Hill reigned supreme against Tumkas FC following a 2-0 win. Stephene Owino put Laiser Hill in the lead after scoring in the 43rd Minute with teammate Timothy Owino scoring the second in the 49th Minute.
“We have been working on our tactical approach, from the grassroots up until now and I’m glad that it has worked. A good came is accompanied by goals, and as we look at tomorrow’s final we will work on a few mistakes that we made in today’s game and we hope to take the win tomorrow “said Anderson Sango, Coach, Laiser Hill
The winning teams in tomorrow’s finals will take home a cash prize of KES 200,000 each and an opportunity to represent Rift Valley Region at the National Finals set for June this year. The runners-up will receive KES 100,000 each with a host of individual prizes up for grabs.
Itigo Girls 6–0 Achievers
- Marion Wafula -12th ,25th ,60th ,86th Minute (Itigo Girls)
· Claudia Kadenge- 18th ,47th Minute (Itigo Girls)
Bomet Queens 0 – 17 Wiyeta Girls
- Aujat Dorine- 9th ,13th, 46th, 57th Minute (Wiyeta Girls)
- Karemana Jacinta- 16th, 23rd Minute (Wiyeta Girls)
- Opisa Shaylene-42nd, 58th Minute (Wiyeta Girls)
- Wanda Edina-43rd, 51st Minute (Wiyeta Girls)
- Musiliri Diana-64th ,66th Minute (Wiyeta Girls)
- Wanda Edina- 74th Minute (Wiyeta Girls)
- Opisa Shaylene- 77th, 79th 81st 90th Minute (Wiyeta Girls)
Kapenguria Heroes – White Rhino
- Alfred Tanui- 16th Minute (Kapenguria Heroes)
- Tyson Kapchanga- 33rd Minute (White Rhino)
- Wesley Mutai-48th Minute (Kapenguria Heroes)
Laiser Hill 2– 0 Tumkas FC
- Stephene Owino- 43rd Minute (Laiser Hill)
- Timothy Ouma-49th Minute (Laiser Hill)