November 15, 2019 By Sysca Kendi
The Safaricom grass-root competition is back for the third season and this time, its bigger and better. The first of eight Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom regional finals will be played in Garissa as North Eastern defending champions Berlin FC look to keep their title. The North Eastern regional finals will be held at Garissa University on 23rd and 24th November after the players take part in life skills and mentorship clinics on Friday 22nd November. Over 40 teams took part in the just completed grassroot competition where last season’s second placed finishers Al Ansar from Wajir Admiral from Mandera East, and Al Mumtaz from Modogashe qualified for the regional finals in a bid to be the regions best and book a place in the national finals.
“This year, we will start with Garissa unlike the two previous editions where we started with Narok and Kakamega Counties. This decision was made after we realised the huge impact the tournament has had on the region going by the increase in the number of teams that participated in the grassroots tourneys. I would like to urge the people of North Eastern to come in large numbers and support their favourite teams,” said Patrick Korir, Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Coordinator.
The region’s champion will take home KES 200,000 and an opportunity to compete at the national finals set for June 2020. The losing finalists will pocket KES 100,000.
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 all-star players will then re-join their teams for preparation for the national finals to be played in Mombasa where the winning teams will be awarded KES 1 million and crowned National Champions.
After Garissa, the next regional tournament will be held in Mombasa on the weekend of 7th and 8th December. The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propel gifted players to the national team.