The scintillating second season of the entertaining Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament is set for a thrilling climax in the finals slated for June 20th – 23rd at Kinoru Stadium, Meru County.
A living Kop legend, Luis Garcia is set to grace the occasion as the chief guest. The Champions League winner who was immortalised following Liverpool's unforgettable heroics in Istanbul 2005, is expected to host several mentorship workshops aimed at improving the budding local talent.
Having come through the highly acclaimed La Masia Academy that groomed the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, it’s safe to say football fanatics, especially Kop fans, will find their way to Meru this coming weekend.
Dubbed the tournament of future global stars by most fans and head-hunters, the season has lived up to its billing, with some gems finding their way to the top.
Over 1600 games were played across the country leading up to the final 8 boys' and girls' teams. That's a mind-boggling 144,000 minutes of football.
One thing is for certain, we are set to witness new champions as last year’s winners across both genders, Kapenguria Heroes and Plateau Queens, were both edged out earlier on.
This is a testament to the amazing level of talent just waiting to be unleashed on the world stage.
Thanks to Safaricom, young Kenyan boys and girls have been granted a ticket to realizing their potential, with the winners set to bag Ksh1 Million in cash as well as top of the range phones, airtime and all sorts of goodies.
More importantly, players who grab the opportunity by the horns and push themselves even further are likely to get scooped up by scouts who have been traversing the country in search of the next big thing.
In the previous season, star players James Omsinde and John Njuguna were called up to the national under-20 team, with David Majak, Fredrick Krop and Oscar Kengwa getting tapped by Kenya Premier League teams.
At the same time, the team that will represent Kenya in the CECAFA U20 Women Championship will comprise a number of players scouted from the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom youth tournament.
“The list largely features top performers among them St. Mary’s Ndovea’s Nuru Hensley, Bishop Njenga’s Lavenda Murumwa, Barcelona Ladies’ Jane Njeri, and Kwale Girls’ Joy KingLady, who all made the team to Spain with the Chapa Dimba All-Stars,” FKF unveiled via their official portal.
The revolutionary tournament has already showcased just how promising Kenya's young players are, following the recently concluded all-stars Spain tour.
32 players were handpicked for the training boot camp in Barcelona spain where they not only got the chance to watch Messi's Barcelona side face-up against Getafe, but even got to play several games as well.
The girls’ side ended their tour on a high by whooping Tecnofutbol Ladies 6-0, with Ndhiwa Queens starlet, Ivonne Ogada proving to be the 'one to watch' following a jaw-dropping display.
Both teams did the country proud, losing only once in the 3 matches they each played.
It’s all systems go regarding the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom finals set for the weekend, where teams are set to battle it out not only for the grand prize, but for their individual futures as well.
Here's a full fixture list of the finals timetable just to wet your appetite in anticipation of the star-studded final: