Leonard Rono from Kapsoit FC (with the ball) and Khakuli Welington from Kapenguria Heroes (West Pokot) during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Rift region semifinals in Narok Stadium.

Eldoret ASK Showgrounds will play host to the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Rift region finals slated for Saturday and Sunday.

The games will see eight youth teams battle it out for the region’s s*******y and a chance to play in the national finals set for June in Meru county.

Solidarity Boys from Trans Nzoia will play Al Ahly from Kajiado while Narok’s White Rhino FC will take on Tumkas Boys from Uasin Gishu in the boys’ semis. In the girls’ category, Itigo Gils from Nandi will face Bomet Queens as Kitale Queens from Trans Nzoia meet Nakuru West Queens.

 “The teams are ready and we are set for the weekend. We have had competitive games with a crop of new teams coming into the limelight. We expect very entertaining football over the weekend and hope the regional winners will again emerge champions in the national finals like last year,” said Evans Omondi, Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Rift Region Coordinator.

Regional winners will receive a cash reward of Ksh 200,000 each and join 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 for the national finals.

The runners-up will also pocket Ksh 100,000 each among other individual prizes. The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propel gifted players to the national team.

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.

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