Chapa Dimba: Team to travel to Spain named

The Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom AllStar team that will attend a training camp in Spain was unveiled on Sunday 5th May in a ceremony held at Ligi Ndogo Grounds, Nairobi.

The team consists of 32 of the best players – 17 boys and 15 girls, scouted from across the country during the eight regional finals.

The players leave Nairobi on Monday 6th May to Catalonia Spain, to meet LaLiga coaches for a ten-day training camp.

“We believe in creating exceptional experiences for young people. We trust that travelling to another country, meeting people from around the world and learning through new challenges is a crucial part of developing Kenyan football. The experiences that these players will get are unique, different and unforgettable. We wish them the very best as they scale up their football careers,” said Steve Chege, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Safaricom.

During their stay in Spain, the team will play against the local youth sides, watch a live match between Barcelona and Gatafe on 12th May at Camp Nou and have an opportunity to tour the cosmopolitan capital of Spain, Barcelona which is known for its art and architecture.

“I am so thrilled to be part of this life time experience. I always dreamed of seeing Lionel Messi live in action and never imagined it will one day come to pass. The skills I am set to acquire from the training camps will definitely boost my football prowess. The exposure and the thrill of being in a plane for all those hours are a dream come true,” said Jane Njeri, member of the All-Star team and a striker for Barcelona Ladies from Laikipia.

Two coaches will accompany the players – Pauline Awuor of Acakoro Ladies and Ted Amumala of Lugari Blue Saints. The two were selected through a draw conducted on 28th April at Gymkhana Grounds during the Nairobi regional finals.

National finals

Upon their return from Spain, the players will rejoin their clubs and share learnings and experiences with their teammates as they prepare for the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom national finals set for Meru in June where the winning boys’ and girls’ teams will each walk away with KES 1 million shillings in prize money.

The teams that will play in the national finals include; South B United and Acakoro Ladies from Nairobi, Berlin FC from Garissa, Euronuts and Barcelona from Central region, Mombasa’s Shimanzi youth and Changamwe ladies, 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 region.

  Player Gender Team Region
1 Atem Kato John Boy The Saints Western
2 Saeed Aleeley Sheikh Boy The Saints Western
3 Ibrahim Ochieng Owino Boy Manyatta United Nyanza
4 Benson Ochieng Boy Manyatta United Nyanza
5 Ibrahim Abdisalan Abdullah Boy Isiolo Young stars Eastern
6 Abdille Abdirahman Ali Boy Isiolo Young stars Eastern
6 Alex Onchwari Boy White Rhino Rift Valley
7 Abdirahim Ali Mohamed Boy Al Ahly Rift Valley
8 Marion Idd Boy Al Ahly Rift Valley
9 Joy king lady  Girl Kwale Starlets  Coast
10 Benson Githinji Njenga Boy Shimanzi Youth Coast
11 Cedric Asmani Boy Shimanzi Youth Coast
12 Mutuma John Kagendo Boy Lufa Central
13 Mengitsu Lual Boy Euronuts Central
14 Issa Minhaj Boy Berlin FC North Eastern
15 Khalid Yusuf Boy Berlin FC North Eastern
16 Wanyama Enos Boy South B United Nairobi
17 Lewis Mbandi Esambo Boy Jericho Allstars Nairobi
1 Paulina Awuor Coach Acakoro Ladies Nairobi
2 Ted Amumala Coach Lugari Blue saints Western
  Player Gender Team Region
1 Stella Ahono Girl Bishop Njenga Western
2 Lavenda Murumwa Girl Bishop Njenga Western
3 Asher Achieng Otieno Girl NCEOD Queens Nyanza
4 Ivonne Ogada Girl NCEOD Queens Nyanza
5 Carolyne Rufa Girl NCEOD Queens Nyanza
6 Nuru Hensley Kasiwa Girl St Marys Ndovea Eastern
7 Daisy Chirchir Girl St Marys Ndovea Eastern
8 Cynthia Libondo Girl Kitale Queens Rift Valley
9 Claudia Kadenge Girl Itigo Girls Rift Valley
10 Aringo Catherine Girl Kwale Starlets Coast
 11  Joy King Lady Girl  Kwale Starlets  Coast
12 Jane Njeri Girl Barcelona Central
13 Lutomia Miriam Girl Barcelona Central