Manyatta boys and Ndhiwa queens from Homa Bay are the new Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Nyanza region champions.
Ndhiwa Queens alias NCEOD Queens clinched the top spot in the girls’ category after they thrashed Manyatta United girls three goals to nil (3-0) in an entertaining contest held under scorching heat at Moi Stadium in Kisumu.
Ivone Ogada was first to find the back of the net in the 32nd minute making her the top scorer with a total of seven (7) goals in two matches. Susan Ogindi gave the Queens a 2-0 lead at 51st minute with Asher Achieng’ scoring a tactical goal she describes as her best ever, just before full time.
“The game was tough but our team stayed focused. We came into this tournament with only winning minds and yes we made it. I have never scored such a goal before and I am so happy. We are glad because our struggles have borne fruits. We will keep training for the national finals and hope to bring the national title home”, said Asher Achieng’– Scorer, Ndhiwa Queens.
In the boy’s finals, Manyatta boys beat Nyamira Springs 5 goals to nil in regular time. With home crowd cheering them on, the Kisumu based side took the lead in the 12th minute through Dennis Ayot. After missing a penalty in the 20th minute, Benson Ochieng bounced back scoring a brace at 24th and 88th minute making him the top scorer with a total of 5 goals in the boys’ category. Clinton Bulimo also scored two goals.
“We’ve had a very entertaining though tough match today and we are glad we’ve made it. We have had serious trainings and we take this tournament with all the seriousness it deserves. We thank God for this victory. You can never predict football outcome right all the time however, we will do our best to emerge victorious in the national finals,” said Isaya Opiyo –Coach, Manyatta Boys
Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa queens received a cash reward of Ksh 200,000 each and will now represent Nyanza region in the national finals scheduled for June 2019 at Kinoru Stadium in Meru County.
At the grand finale, the winning boys’ and girls’ teams will each walk away with Ksh 1 million shillings in prize money. An All-star team will also be selected from the 8 regional finals to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.
The competition now moves to Kitui showground in Kitui for the Eastern regional finals set for 9th and 10th March.
Ibrahim Ochieng – Manyatta United (Boys)
Achieng Asher – NCEOD Queens (Girls)
Golden Boot/Top Scorer
Benson Ochieng – Manyatta Boys (5 goals)
Ivonne Ogada – NCEOD Queens (7goals)
- Best Keeper/ Golden Gloves
Nicholas Munangwe -Mnayatta
Carolyne Rufa – NCEOD Queens