Nairobi’s Acakoro Ladies and Kitale Queens from Rift Valley will on Sunday 23rd fight for the National glory in the grand finale of the ongoing Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom National finals.
Kitale Queens 6-1 Barcelona Ladies
Kitale Queens qualified for the finals after thrashing Barcelona Ladies 6-1 in a one-sided semifinal held today at Kinoru Stadium, Meru County.
Metrine Nanjala netted the opening goal for the energized Kitale Queens in the 20th minute before Daisy Busia scored the second in the 38th minute, the first half ending two-nil. The second half saw Peris Nafula and Agneta Marondo each score a brace for Kitale Queens in 65th & 72nd minutes, and 70th & 82nd minutes respectively. Barcelona’s star Jane Njeri scored a late penalty for her team in the 91st, the match ending 6-1.
“This was a good game though it did not go our way. We are glad we did our best. Our supportive fans gave energy to the players, boosting their morale and the girls responded accordingly. The game was not just on our side,” said Emman Gullat, Coach, Barcelona Ladies.
Acakoro Ladies 4-2 Changamwe Ladies
Acakoro Ladies also booked a date in the grand finale after displaying a skilful match against Changamwe Ladies winning 4-2 in regulation time. Sylvia Makhungu gave the Nairobians an early lead scoring a set-piece in the 19th minute before Catherine Awuor netted a hat-trick in the 21st, 35th & 93rd minutes. Changamwe Ladies dominated the second half with Saumu Kahindi and Nancy Akinyi scoring at 46th & 50th minutes respectively to see the match end 4-2.
‘We played very well today and won the semis. We have a tough opponent in the finals but we will do our best,” said Carol Auma, Captain Acakoro Ladies.
The losing Semifinalists, Barcelona Ladies and Changamwe Ladies pocketed KES 250,000 cash reward each. The winner in the Sunday’s finals will take home KES 1M while the losing finalist will walk away with KES 500,000 among other individualized prizes.
The boys’ semifinals will be played tomorrow (Saturday) where Al-Ahly FC from Rift Valley will face South B United from Nairobi as Kisumu’s finest Manyatta United prepare to take on Western Champions, Lugari Blue Saints..