The Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Football Tournament was aimed at recruiting young talent aged 16 to 20 years from all regions of the country to play in a national tournament and showcase their talent. The winning boys’ and girls’ teams received KES1 million in prize money and an International Training Camp to London in March 2018.
In the inaugural Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament, Kapenguria Heroes, a team from West Pokot, and Plateau Queens from Nyanza emerged winners, earning KShs 1 million in prize money and a trip to London to train with Victor Wanyama. Wanyama, who is the captain of Harambee Stars and the only Kenyan playing in the English Premier League, at Tottenham Hostpurs, was the face of the programme.
Two players who participated in the tournament, James Omsinde and John Njuguna, got call-ups to the national under-20 team while David Majak, Fredrick Krop and Oscar Kengwa were signed up by Kenya Premier League teams. The finals were held at BukhunguStadium in Kakamega County and featured the top 15 of the 1,567 teams that participated in the tournament. Recruitment of the talented boys and girls from around Kenya started in June 2017.
Nairobi region had 167 teams, Nyanza 235, 80 from North Eastern, while Western, Rift and Eastern regions had 197, 352 and 189 teams respectively. The Coast region had 163 teams with 184 from Central signing up. Safaricom invested Shs 100 million towards the program, which included Shs 10 million worth of prizes as well as for renovation of some of the community pitches through a legacy programme to provide football related equipment to assist the grassroots teams.