Posted on Monday, February 10, 2020
Isiolo Starlets and Tumaini School will represent the Eastern Region at this year’s National event of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Youth football tournament scheduled for June in the coastal city of Mombasa.
On a hot and sunny afternoon, Isiolo Starlets beat Chuka University 3-2 during the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Eastern Region Girls finals at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on 9th February 2020. In a hotly contested final, it was the girls from Chuka University that drew first blood; taking the lead after only 3 minutes of play through Susan Wanjeri. It however did not take the starlets long to equalize, Halakhe Gutaye got her name into the scoreboard on the 33rd minute. The game went into half time on level.
It was a different story during the second half, Hilda Wanjiku scored two goals in quick succession in the 53rd and 57th minutes of play to give the starlets from Isiolo an almost indomitable 3:1 lead albeit with plenty of time to play. Both goals came from open play with Hilda’s second a tap-in to an open goal mouth.
There was plenty of more to come though, the ever lively Susan Wanjeri struck the Varsity Girls’ second almost immediately to set up what was truly an entertaining final 30 minutes of the game with everything there to play for.
Isiolo Starlets however dearly held on to their dear lead to be crowned the Eastern Region Champions and also earn their Tickets to Mombasa.
In the boy’s category, Tumaini School from Makueni were crowned Eastern Region champions after thrashing Black Panthers 4-1 in an entertaining one sided final match.
It was to be Yasin Mohamed’s day, he completed his hat trick in just under 47 minutes of play having struck before in the 4th and 19th minutes of the game. At 3:0, the game was no longer a contest. Fair play to the Black Panthers who played their hearts out in the heat and their efforts were rewarded through Enow Abdulkarim 83rd minute goal. Moments later Moris Kapirante scored Tumaini’s 4th of the day to underline their dominance in the tournament.
Yasin took his tally to seven goals on course to win the boys top scorer award in the tournament. Tumaini & Isiolo Starlets join Berlin FC from North Eastern, Yanga FC & Kwale Ladies from Coast Region, Falling Waters & Ulinzi Youth from Central Region in the list of teams that have already qualified for the nationals.
Well done, Congratulations and Good Luck at the Nationals.
The tournament now moves to Nairobi Region on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd February.
Author: Judith Mutua