The team that will represent Nyanza region in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom national finals will be known this weekend.
With defending champions Plateau Queens and Ombek Red Devils both exiting the tournament at the group stages, the region is set to crown new winners this Sunday.
In the boys’ semifinals, Nyamira Springs will play Victory Strikers from Kisii while Kuria’s Nyamaharaga will take on Manyatta boys. In the girls’ category, Manyatta Girls will face Kisii United while Migori Education Centre take on NCEOD Queens from Homabay.
“Over 200 teams from Nyanza region took part in the preliminary rounds of the tournament and we can’t wait to see the top 8 in action this weekend. The fact that new winners will be crowned adds even more excitement to this particular regional final. All teams will see this as their chance to walk away with the KES 200,000 in prize money and represent the region in the national final”, said Morris Onyango, Tournament Regional Coordinator, Nyanza Blue Saints and Bishop Njenga Girls, both from Lugari won the Western region final held at the Bukuhungu stadium last month to book their slots in the national final.
Meanwhile defending national boys’ champions Kapenguria Heroes failed to make it past the group stages after losing their North West Rift branch final to Solidarity Boys.
The exit of Kapenguria means that this season’s tournament will have new winners in both the boys’ and girls’ categories following the elimination of Plateau Queens.
After the regional finals, the qualifying teams will move on to the grand finale set for June 2019 in Meru where the winning teams will each walk away with KES 1 million shillings in prize money.
This year an all-star team will be also selected 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 the Kenya Premier League and the National Super League.