Isiolo Queens will face Chuka University while Black Panthers will battle it out with Tumaini Boys in the finals tomorrow after winning their respective matches today. With last season’s winners Supersolico from Mwingi and St. Mary’s Ndovea from Makueni failing to qualify from the group stages, 8 boys’ and girls’ teams took to the field with the hope of becoming the new champions and getting the chance to represent the region at the national finals set for June.
The first semi final was between Mabuu ladies from Moyale and Isiolo Queens. Isiolo Queens opened the scoresheet through Nasibo Wario in the 24th minute and Nasibo Ibrahim scored the second 3 minutes later and in the 42nd minute after a disastrous show of goalkeeping prowess by Mabuu Girls number one. Kula Dida also scored the third goal in the 37th minute making it a total of 4 goals to nil for Isiolo Queens. Isiolo Queens scored 4 more goals in the second half to make it 8 nil almost borrowing a leaf from a team that once got a 8-2 demolishing in the EPL. Maybe they have been watching Arsenal’s videos in training.
The second girls semi-final was between Ngakaa Talent from Makueni and Chuka University. Samantha Adhaiambo opened the scoresheet for Ngakaa Talent in the 36th minute. Chuka University’s Susan Wanjeri scored a thriller right after the half-time break making it 1-1. Ngakaa’s Pauline Akoth missed a sitter in the 84th minute, a goal that would send her team to the finals. Susan Njeri took advantage of this and scored her second goal in the 85th minute, booking a place in the final against Isiolo Queens set for tomorrow.
Being one of the most anticipated matches of the day, the match between Tumaini (Makueni) and Biashara(Moyale) did not disappoint. Tumaini scored their first goal through Yasin Mohamed’s header in the 10th minute proving that they meant business unlike their opponents who had it in their name. Kinama Moses added the second during first half’s stoppage time. The match ended with 7 goals to 1 after Yasin Mohamed’s 81st, 84th, and 89th minute goals and Kapirante Moris’ 53rd and 86th minute goals. Biashara FC failed to live up to their name with their only goal from Abdirahman Mustapha not being much of a consolation owing to the huge difference in goals between the two teams. Tumaini’s hopes to reach the finals had been fulfilled with that win.
The second boy’s semi-final was between Black Panthers from Meru Central and St Daniels from Chuka. St. Daniels had a few tries with the Panther’s goalkeeper Kelvin Githui denying them the opportunity. They finally opened the scoresheet in the 20th minute from the self-proclaimed Ronaldo, Daniel Owili. St Daniels scored the second 3 minutes later making it 2 nil against the Black Panthers. Denis Muriithi scored a brace for the Panthers right before the half-time whistle making it 2-2. Second half saw St Daniels break the grid lock with a third goal from Daniel Owili which also completed a brace for him. The Panthers were not going down without a fight as they equalized from Chrispine Mwenda’s goal whose enthusiastic celebration landed him a yellow card.
The winner was decided through post-match penalties. Joseph Muriuki was the champion of the day after he scored the most important penalty for the Black Panthers after 8 rounds. It was good to see that the spirit of the once famous Mafuko Bombers was still in the Panthers. Black Panthers will now join Tumaini Boys in the finals set for tomorrow at the Kenyatta Stadium.
The Eastern Region finals of this year’s Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament kicked off yesterday with a mentorship program. The mentorship programs teaches the young players the important role talent plays in the tournament and also the value of teamwork and confidence in winning championships. Coaches are also taken through a session on best practices in football and how to motivate their players. After the mentorship program, the participating teams took part in a tree planting exercise around Kenyatta Stadium.
The participating girls teams received a four months supply of sanitary towels from Safaricom’s Team Pepea. This is part of their mandate to end period shame for young girls and a way to improve their school attendance throughout the school term and encourage them to continue playing their favorite game.
The winning teams in tomorrow’s finals will walk away with cash prize of KES 200,000 each and an opportunity to represent the Eastern Region at the National finals. Runners up will receive KES 100,000 each with a host of individual prizes to be won.