1567 teams to participate in Safaricom’s chapa soccer dimba tournament

The stage is set for the eagerly awaited Safaricom sponsored Chapa
Dimba soccer tournament where so far 1,567 teams have confirmed their participation in the inaugural event.The competition which is being run and coordinated by Football Kenya
Federation (FKF) seeks to develop grass-roots football, scout youth
talents and eventually draft skilled players into the national team. A
total of 1,285 boys and 282 girls teams from all over the country are
expected to colour the event.“Since the launch of Chapa Dimba na Safaricom towards end of June, our partners FKF have been busy recruiting talented boys and girls in all parts of the country. The turnout was great although we wish more
girls had come forward to display their talents just like the boys
did,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Safaricom’s consumer business director.

Rift Valley have registered the highest number of teams at 352
followed by Nyanza (235) and Western (197) others are —Eastern (189) ,
Central (184), Nairobi (167 teams), Coast (163) and North Eastern
(80). The competition will kick off on September 9 with group stages,
followed by knockout phase and regional finals. The grand finale will
be played in March next year.

“We are grateful to our partners Safaricom for facilitating this
tournament because there is a lot of talent throughout the country
that lacks a platform to practice and showcase their skills. Through
the tournament, we will directly reach over 20,000 young people
between the ages of 16-20 as each team will comprise of 15 players and 2 officials,” said Nick Mwendwa, President, FKF.

Safaricom has invested Sh100m in the program which including Sh10 million worth of prizes and renovation of some of the community pitches through a legacy programme to provide football related equipment that will assist the grass-roots teams. The winning teams
will walk away with Shs1 million and an opportunity to go for an
international training camp in London in April 2018.

The tournament  launch  held in June at the Nairobi Railway club was
graced by a litany of guests that included Harambee Stars captain and
Tottenham Hotspurs  midfielder Victor Wanyama, his elder brother
MacDonald Mariga and  the entire FKF  and Safaricom top cream.

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