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.
Coronavirus Delays Beijing Raiders Raid
“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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Eight times national secondary schools champions Itigo’ winless streak jinx against Wiyeta was extended by losing to their rivals in the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Rift Valley finals.
The six times East Africa schools champions Wiyeta walloped Itigo to extend their winning streak at the regional finals as they renewed their rivalry at the Kericho Green Stadium on Sunday, March 8th.
Edina Wanda latched onto a loose ball in the box to beat the region’s 2019 Chapa Dimba best goalkeeper tigo Maureen Ingasha with a low shot in the 11th minute.
Jacinta Karemana doubled the score after a 1-2 move initiated by Shalyne Opisa and Wanda in the 34th minute.
At the stroke of halftime, Shalyne cemented her place as the top scorer by tapping home a cross from Diana Musilivi to increase his goal tally to seven goals.
Wiyeta contained Itigo to restrict them to only one off target shot as their custodian Emelda Ingaitsa remained untested in the entire match for a clean sheet in the regional Championships.
Wiyeta bagged KES 200,000 and a ticket to represent Nairobi Region in the national finals set for June 2020 at Bomu Stadium, Mombasa.
Wiyeta swept all the top Awards where Diana Masilivi was crowned as the Most Valuable Player (MVP), Emelda Lugaitsa (Best Goalkeeper) and Shalyne Opisa as the top scorer.
However, Itigo did not walk away empty handed as they pocketed KES 100,000.
Wiyeta joins season one champions Beijing Raiders from Nairobi, Isiolo Starlets, Coast’s Kwale Ladies, Central’s and Central’s Falling Waters who have already secured a ticket to the national finals where KES 1,000,000 is up for grabs.
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