FKF, LaLiga To Pick 32 Players For Spain Training

Oct 26 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

Kapenguria Heroes and Nyakach Girls who won the first edition went for their training in London, England

Eugene Oluoch of Mukumu Boys (left) contest for the against Dennis Alusa of Lungari Blue Saints during Western-Region Chapa Dimba contest at Kanduyi Stadium.Mukumu Boys won 2-0.PHOTO/COURTESY

  • Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will pick 32 players from the second edition of Chapa Dimba na Safaricom that kicks off in Western region on Saturday to attend a high level training in Spain next year
  • Busia and Butere counties will host 29 games on November 3 to 4.The challenge will  then move to Nyanza, Rift Valley, Eastern, Coast, Central, North Eastern and Nairobi regions in that order
  • Inaugural edition winners, Kapenguria Heroes and Nyakach Girls travelled to London for training and mentorship programme with Tottenham Hotspurs defensive midfielder and Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama
  • This weekend’s contest will see 80 matches played at various venues in Kakamega and Vihiga counties

NAIROBI, Kenya- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will pick 32 players from the second edition of Chapa Dimba na Safaricom that kicks off in Western region on Saturday to attend a high level training in Spain next year.

The competition, to be run by FKF in conjunction with Spanish association, the LaLiga, has attracted 1,600 teams.

“The partnership will see an all-star team selected to attend a training camp in Spain. The Kenyan outfit will also play selected Spanish youth sides during the visit,” FKF President, Nick Mwendwa, underlined.

“This will give our players exposure at the same time open doors to be identified by scouts,” Mwendwa underscored.

He assured the federation would recruit gifted players into the national teams and other leagues in the country.

“Over 15 young players from the inaugural edition got a chance to join SportPesa Premier League and the National Super League this season,” he explained.

This weekend’s contest will see 80 matches played at various venues in Kakamega and Vihiga counties.

“We are glad that more teams have enlisted for the tournament this year; the number has grown from 1,520 last season to 1,600 now.

“This is due to the infrastructures that have been put in place by FKF to tap talent at the grassroots and the positive feedback from the first edition of the contest,” Charles Kare, Acting Director – Consumer Business, Safaricom, emphasised.

Busia and Butere counties will host 29 games on November 3 to 4, then the challenge will  move to Nyanza, Rift Valley, Eastern, Coast, Central, North Eastern and Nairobi regions in that order.

Grassroots football

The regional champions will contest in the national final in 2019 whose winner will bag KShs1million prize money.

“Apart from football, we will hold empowerment sessions for the players who are drawn from across the country,” Kare accentuated.

Each team will comprise of 15 players and two officials in the group stages. Only contestants in the age bracket of 16 to 20 years are allowed to participate in the tournament that aims to develop grassroots football, scout for talents and propelled gifted players to national glory.

Nyakach Girls aka Plateau Queens from Nyanza edged Tartar Girls from Pokot 4-3 on post-match penalties to win the girls category in the inaugural edition as Kapenguria Heroes thrashed Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 on penalties to bag the boys challenge.

Nyakach and Kapenguria traveled to London for a training and mentorship programme with Tottenham Hotspur defensive midfielder and Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama.