Shimanzi Youth came from two goals down to beat Kaloleni United from Mombasa 4-3 in a fully packed Bomu stadium in Changamwe on Saturday 6th March to qualify for the Coast Region finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Tournament.
Kazungu Simon of Kaloleni United fired the first shot into the net at the 1st minute scoring the fasted goal of the match before Sheriff Suleiman scored the second goal at 28thMinute putting Kaloleni United ahead. Shimanzi’s Cedrique Asmani scored the first goal for his team at 33rd minute energizing his team as the first half of the match came to the end. Benjamin Njenga scored a hat trick at 40th, 42nd and 47th minutes closing the win for Shimanzi Youth.
“It wasn’t easy for us to come from two goals down to win against Kaloleni. We encouraged each other during our first break and came back into the match to win. Team work was very essential for us we hope to win the title tomorrow, said Benson Njenga, Captain, Shimanzi Youth.
Maweni United 4-1 Matsangaoni
Maweni United beat Kilifi’s
Kwale Starlets and Solwogidi girls also booked spots in the girls’ finals after edging Changamwe Ladies 5-3.
Lucy Kwekwe gave Kwale Starlets an early lead in the 3rd minute before Nancy Akinyi equalized at the 17th minute. Joyce Hamisi’s shot saw the back of the net at the 23rdminute placing Changamwe Ladies ahead. Saumu Baya scored twice at
Solwogidi 6-5 Matsangaoni Ladies
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Kwale Starlets will therefore face Solwogidi in the finals tomorrow.
The winners tomorrow will receive a cash reward of KES 200,000 each and an opportunity to represent Coast in the national finals set for Meru in June. The runners-up will also pocket KES 100,000 each and there will also be other individual prizes for the best players.
Already, Kajiado’s Al Ahly and Kitale Queens from Rift Valley, Bishop Njenga Girls and Lugari Blue Saints from Western, Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza as well as Super Solico and St Mary’s Ndovea from Eastern have booked their tickets for the national finals.
This year, an all-star team will be selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides. The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propel gifted players to the national team.