08 Jan, 09:15
The Football Kenya Federation [FKF] through the president Nick Mwendwa has reaffirmed its commitment to ensure that the talents in the grassroots are harnessed and channelled towards reinforcing the national team Harambee Stars.
Speaking during the North Eastern edition of the Chapa Dimba tournament, Mwendwa insisted that there is a lot of yet to be tapped talents in the lower carder of the society that needs attention, which he described as his priority.
-Plenty of talented youth now has a platform to practice and showcase their abilities and talents courtesy of this tournament. We will continue developing grassroots football and scouting for skilled players to draft into the national team and we are grateful to our partners, Safaricom, for being part of this, he said.
In the weekend action, Al-Hayat from Wajir were crowned the champions of the North Eastern Region after the finals held on Sunday7 January at Garissa University Grounds, Garissa town. This was after putting up a stunning match against Ifpro (Garissa) winning 7-6 post-match penalty shoot-out. It was a tough call for both teams who sought to hold North Eastern region supremacy in a match that ended in a penalty shoot-out after a 3-3 draw in the regulation time.
-We anticipated the win because we trained accordingly. We have an all-rounded team with a good attack and very supportive midfield and we believe we can go far. We are prepared for the National finals and hope to win the Ksh 1M and fly to London to meet Wanyama, said Jamal Bishar, Coach Al-Hayat.
The winners walked away with a cash reward of Kshs 200,000 and an opportunity to play in the national grand finale set for March this year. Over 300 games were played across North Eastern with 102 teams taking part in the matches that kicked off on 18th November 2017.
Kapenguria Heroes and Tar Tar Girls from Rift, Mwingi Junior Academy and Ngakaa Talent Academy from Eastern and Ombek red Devils and Plateau Queens from Nyanza are the teams that have qualified for the grand finale so far.
Coast, Western, Central and Nairobi regions are also scheduled to hold their regional finals in the next few weeks.
At the grand finale, the winning teams will walk away with Sh1 million each and an opportunity to go for an international training and mentorship camp in London in April this year.