Mighty showdown is expected at Kinoru stadium on Sunday as Manyatta United FC take on Al-Ahly FC in the boys’ National grand finale of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Youth tournament.
Manyatta United 2-1 Lugari Blue Saints
The Kisumu based Manyatta United edged out the champions of Western, Lugari Blue Saints 2-1 to qualify for finals scoring in a semi-final dubbed Mashemeji derby considering the origins of the teams. It was a tough call for both sides that sought dominance in the game played in a fully packed Kinoru stadium.
Peter Ochieng and Ibrahim Ochieng scored for Manyatta while Lugari got their consolation through Allan Musonye.
“The game was tensed and so tough. We had tough opponents who were equally fit. This was not easy but we did our best. We will face our opponents tomorrow in the finals with courage and hope to triumph,” said Ibrahim Ochieng, Striker, Manyatta United.
Al Ahly 3-2 South B United (Post-match penalties)
Al-Ahly FC from Rift Valley also qualified for finals after putting up a spirited fight to edge South B United 3-2 on post-match penalties. The match had ended 2-2 in regulation time.
Abdirahim Abdullahi and Marion Idd scored for Al Ahly while Wilson Anguli and Kepha Wanjala scored a goal each for South B United.
“This win is a great opportunity to us and honestly it has not been very easy. The game was tough as our opponents kept equalizing each minute we scored. We still have a tough match tomorrow but remain hopeful to win,” said Abdirahman Abdullahi, Captain Al-Ahly FC.
Manyatta will, therefore, face Al-Ahly FC in the grand finale tomorrow. The game is expected to be a do or die match as the two teams fight for the National glory.
Kitale Queens and Acakoro Ladies from Nairobi will also face off in the girls grand finals tomorrow. Kitale Queens and Acakoro Ladies qualified for the grand finale after beating their opponents Barcelona Ladies from Central 6-1 and Changamwe Ladies from Coast 4-2 respectively in the girls’ semifinals held yesterday.
The losing Semifinalists, Lugari Blue Saints and South B United pocketed KES 250,000 cash reward each. The winner in the tomorrow’s finals will take home KES 1M while the losing finalist will walk away with KES 500,000 among other individualized prizes.