Defending champions Bishop Njenga from Lugari and Kakamega’s Ibinzo will tomorrow battle for the Western region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom girls’ title at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.
Bishop Njenga 1-0 Brenda Girls
Team captain Violet Wanyonyi scored the only goal in the semifinal game against Brenda Girls from Bungoma to ensure Bishop Njenga qualify for the final set to be played on Sunday 13th January.
Ibinzo Girls 2-1 Kingandole
Ibinzo Girls qualified for the final after beating Busia’s Kigandole 2 - 1 in the other Girls semifinal played at the same venue.
Phelister Nabwire grabbed a brace for Ibinzo in the 7th Minute and 33rd Minute while Kingandole's consolation was scored by Ann Mwalubi in the 48th minute.
“We have had a great match today and I am glad we made it to the finals! We have been training hard for this tournament and we hope to go through to national finals. We are looking forward to a good game tomorrow”, said Kilobi Anacklate, the Ibinzo Girls coach.
In the boys’ category, The Saints from Butere-Mumias will face Lugari Blue Saints after thrashing Vihiga’s Ebbu Stars 4:0. Lugari were 2-0 winners over Bukembe Friends from Bungoma.
The Saints 4-0 Ebbu Stars
Omondi Felix opened the scoring for Saints in the 10th minute before Atem Kato grabbed a brace in the 52nd and 70th minute. Venadine Ambetsa finished the job with a minute left to stoppage time to ensure Saints march into the final.
Lugari Blue Saints 2-0 Bukembe Boys
After a goalless first half, Brian Lusamukha opened the scoring in the 69th minute for Saints and Azusa Denis finished the job with a cool finish in the 75th minute to ensure the team books a final slot where they are scheduled to face The Saints from Butere.
“We believe that this is our season and we must win through to National Finals. I hope to make it to the all-star team that will go to Spain for training as well. We have good coaches and we play together as a team. We understand each other well and this is our secret to success,” said Atem Kato Captain –The Saints.
The winners in Sunday’s finals will each receive a cash reward of KES 200,000 and proceed to the national finals set for June 2019 at Kinoru Stadium, Meru. At the grand finale, the winning boys’ and girls’ teams will each walk away with KES 1 million shillings in prize money.
After Kakamega, the competition moves to Moi Stadium in Kisumu for the Nyanza regional finals next month
This year, an Allstar team will be also selected from the 8 regional finals to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides. From the inaugural season, over fifteen young players joined teams in the Kenyan Premier League and the National Super League.