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Berlin FC retain Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom North Eastern Region Title

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Berlin FC has been crowned the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom season 3 North Eastern regional champions after beating Al Ansar 2:0, at the Garissa Teachers Training College Grounds (TTC) in Garissa.

After a goalless first half, Berlin FC opened the score sheet in the 67th minute through Noor Osman with Abdalla Marro adding a second in the 88th minute to retain the title for the Garissa–based team. Last season, the two teams met in a tightly contested final where Berlin FC narrowly won via a penalty shootout.

“We have been training hard in preparation for this tournament rectifying the past mistakes we made in the National Finals and this time we promise to put up a better performance to enable us come home with the main cup. I have also been crowned the most valuable player and I would like to thank my coach and my team as it was a collective effort that earned me this title,” said Abdalla Marro, Top Scorer, Berlin FC player.

In the regional semi-finals, Berlin FC beat Al Mumtaz from Modogashe 4:0 and Al Ansar from Wajir beat Admiral from Mandera 5:4 in post-match penalties to book a slot in the regional finals.

The winning team walked away with KES 200,000 in cash and will represent the region at the national finals set for June 2020 at Bomu Stadium, Mombasa. The runners-up, Al Ansar did not walk away empty handed as they received KES 100,000 with players taking home a host of individual prizes.

The tournament now moves to Mombasa, where the Coast regional finals will be held on 7th and 8th December at Bomu Stadium. The Coast regional finals will also be accompanied by coaching clinics by La Liga coaches where they will be trained on how to build their skills to international standards.

Chapa Dimba na Safaricom aims to develop grassroots football and providing a platform where gifted players will have an opportunity to be scouted and play for the National team as well as the top tier local and international teams.

Once all regional finals are played, an all-Star team comprising of 16 girls and 16 boys will be selected to attend a 10-day training camp in Spain. The teams will play friendly matches against top Spanish La Liga Football Academies after which the players will rejoin their teams for the National finals where KES 1 M is at stake for the winner.

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Coronavirus Delays Beijing Raiders Raid

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“Thank you for calling Mark, Did you know that Mark is a male name meaning work hard and play even harder. I thought you should know,” were the entertaining words from the Safaricom skiza tune ring back tone as I called the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Nairobi region girl’s champions Beijing Raiders coach Mark Okwiri.

Just like the words in Okwiri’s skiza tune ring back tone, depicting him through his first name as a man who works hard, he worked hard to reclaim the Nairobi regional title and is in the process of working harder to lift the national title.

Despite the relative lull brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic which has interrupted sports activities and more importantly the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom, Okwiri says his team is not distracted and is working hard on a winning formula as he waits for the tournament’s resumption.

Beijing Raiders winners of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom season one Nairobi title went on rampage to hammer defending champions Acakoro 6-0 at Jamhuri High School during the regional finals on February 23rd.

Sensational Beijing Raiders striker Salome Drailer struck four goals as Fasila Adhiambo added with a brace and an assist as the season one champions proceed to the national finals in a one sided match.

However, Beijing Raiders put their preparations on the ice for the national finals mid this month of March after the government imposed a ban on social gatherings and games as a measure to curb the Coronavirus pandemic threat.

“We respected the ban and stopped training or engaging in any football activities but am very much in touch with my girls in guiding and advising them to keep safe and remain focused for the Chapa Dimba national finals by avoiding in getting into activities that will affect their form,” he said.

Okwiri said Beijing Raiders which was eliminated in the preliminary stages of the Chapa Dimba season one does not fear any team and is ready, raring to go.

“I can’t single out any team that I consider as a threat as the draw is yet to be conducted in which I don’t know our immediate opponents. Let’s cross the bridge when we reach there,” he said.

He added:” Furthermore I don’t talk about other teams because that is more or else like gossiping, can only authoritatively to speak about my team. If you have any queries as me about Beijing Raiders and leave the other teams to talk about themselves.”

Beijing Raiders boasts of the Chapa Dimba Nairobi’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) and top scorer Salome Drailer and goalkeeper and Esnas Kisia who wore the Nairobi regional Golden Gloves award by keeping a clean sheet.

The Nairobi Starehe sub county based Beijing Raiders joins eight times Kenya’s national secondary schools champions Rift Valley’s Wiyeta, Eastern’s Isiolo Starlets, Kwale Ladies (Coast) Central’s Falling Waters to the national finals to be played in Mombasa at a later date.

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Chapa Dimba shelved over Corona Fears

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Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Matches Postponed
Organizers of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom have suspended activities of the tournament due to the danger posed by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Western regional competition was scheduled for March 21st and 22nd 2020 at the Mumias Sports Complex in Kakamega County.
 “In the light of the developments due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government’s directive to cancel all public gatherings, meetings, and events, we will be postponing Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom matches until further notice,” read a notice issued by the sponsor Safaricom.
The communication stated that this includes all grassroots and regional final matches.
“Further decisions on when these matches will take place will be communicated in due course,” read the communication in part.
Rift Valley’s Wiyeta, Laiser Hill, Nairobi’s Hakati Sportiff, Beijing Raiders, Eastern’s Tumaini, Isiolo Starlets, North Eastern’s Berlin FC from Garissa, Coast region’s Yanga FC from Malindi, Kwale Ladies, Central’s Falling Waters from and Ulinzi Youth have secured tickets to the national finals.
Thirty-two players, both boys, and girls will be selected from the 8 regional finals to make up an All-Star team 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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Chapa Dimba: Laiser Hill Spoil Kapenguria Heroes Welcome

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The 2016 secondary schools boy’s champions Laiser Hill Academy dealt a blow to the ambitions 0f the season one Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Rift Valley region winners Kapenguria Heroes with a post match penalties win.

Laiser Hill Academy from Kajiado edged out West Pokot’s Kapenguria Heroes 4-2 through post match penalties after a 1-1 stalemate during normal regulation time at the Kericho Green Stadium on Sunday, March 8th.

Samson Tanui caught the unsettled students defence napping to net a surprise goal in the 8th minute.

However, Tanui failed to seal Laiser’s fate in the 30th minute from the spot after his penalty was saved by James Muimi who stretched and parried away the ball away for a corner.

The penalty was awarded by the centre referee Nelson Katosh after Isaac Teigong was adjudged to have brought down Mtai Wedosi in the 30th minute.

In the second half, Laiser Hill, came back forcefully pinning their opponents in the own half but were affected by poor finishing to lose several clear cut chances.

With ten minutes to go, Lady luck smiled on the students with Shariff Majabe converting from the spot for the leveler.

Majabe appended the spot-kick which was awarded after he was brought down in the danger zone by Brian Kakuko.

During the post-match penalties, Laiser Hill’s goals were scored by Shariff Majabe, Byrone Otieno, Abdirazak Hasan, and captain Timothy Ouma while Alex Karani’s effort was stopped by goalie Bashir Ramadhan.

Kapenguria Heroes netted their spot-kicks through Morgan Ekamais and Stephen Orane while Steven Ondari’s penalty hit the post as Laiser’s shot-stopper James Muimi stopped Brian Kauko’s shot.

Laiser Hill Academy skipper Timothy Owino was feted as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) whereas James Muimi was handed the ‘Golden Gloves’ as the best goalkeeper while Kapenguria’s Alfred Tanui netted two goals to don the Golden Boots as the top scorer.

The students pocketed Ksh 200,000 for the win and afforded an opportunity of representing Rift Valley Region in the national finals set for June 2020 at Bomu Stadium in Mombasa.

The dejected West Pokot based season one winners, were, however, consoled by the Chapa Dimba sponsors Safaricom with an Sh100, 000 runner-up prize money.

Laiser Hill Academy joins Eastern’s Tumaini School, Nairobi’s Hakati Sportif

, North Eastern’s Berlin FC, Coast region’s Yanga and Central’s Ulinzi who have already secured qualification slots to the national finals where KES 1,000,000 is up for grabs.

Kapenguria Heroes tactician Elvis Mwanga conceded defeat saying Laiser Hill were technically superior to his side.

Laiser Hill coach Anthony Kirimi attributed his boys’ never say die fighting spirit which kept them going despite trailing before overcoming the odds to win.

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