Garissa to hold First regional Chapa Dimba na Safaricom final

Written By: Fiona Njoroge
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Ahmed Mohamed of Jamia FC (L) challenges Mohammed Abdi of Al Ansar FC during the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom North Eastern region semi-finals held at Garissa university. Al Ansar won by 2-0
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The first of eight Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom regional finals will be played in Garissa as North Eastern defending champions Berlin FC look to win back to back titles.

The North Eastern regional finals will be held at Garissa University on the weekend of 23rd to 24th November.

Last season’s second-placed finishers Al Ansar from Wajir also qualified for the regional finals together with Admiral from Mandera East, and Al Mumtaz from Modogashe.

Over 40 teams from North Eastern region took part in the grassroots stages of this season’s competition.

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“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 realized 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.

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Just like the first two seasons of the tournament, the players will take part in life skills and mentorship clinics on Friday 22nd November before taking to the pitch the next day.

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The winning team will walk away with Ksh 200,000 and an opportunity to compete at the national finals set for June 2020.

The losing finalists will pocket Ksh 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.

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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 Ksh 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 competitions aim at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propelling gifted players to the national team.

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