Young footballers (both boys and girls), aged between 16-20 have something to look forward to as Safaricom has unveiled the Chapa Dimba challenge which gives football teams an opportunity to win Ksh. 1 Million. The Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom competition is a partnership between Safaricom and the Football Kenya Federation. Safaricom will be spending Ksh. 100 million on the challenge and they have also set aside Ksh. 10 Million shillings for renovation of some of the local community pitches.
Registration for the games opens on Monday 3rd July. Team registration and verification for the tournament will take place in July and August 2017. Games will be played countrywide from Septermber 2017 – March 2018. Teams can register for the tourney via the Safaricom Website or pick the registration forms from any Safaricom shop or Local FKF Branch Office.
The Chapa Dimba winning teams will each walk away with one million Kenya Shillings and a trip to London in April 2018 during which they will get a chance to have mentorship sessions with Victor Wanyama, visit a youth training camp and watch a live game.
Victor Wanyama who is the Harambee Stars Captain and defensive midfielder for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspurs was today unveiled as the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Ambasador. Victor Wanyama said that he looks forward to meeting young players, and motivating them to participate in football and develop their skills.
“I hope my personal journey will inspire the next generation of Kenyan footballers just like my brother MacDonald Mariga motivated me to chase after my dreams. I look forward to meeting young footballers from all over the country,” said Wanyama.
Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom said that Safaricom was glad to be supporting football again. He said that Safaricom has continued to support sports in the country and this was one way of strengthing their commitment.
“Football is one of the most unifying tool in the world and we aim to give our youth an opportunity to grow and exhibit their talent.” – Bob Collymore.
Chapa Dimba group matches will start with group stages in September, followed by the knockout stages and regional finals. The grand finale will be in March 2018. The Football Kenya Federation will use the games to scout for players for the under 17 and under 20 teams.
Nick Mwendwa, Chairman, Football Kenya Federation said that part of his vision is to see Kenya produce the next big global football stars.
“We have the talent but lack the opportunities. I am glad that Safaricom has come on board to help FKF work towards fulfilling this dream.” – Nick Mwendwa.
If you need more information check out the Safaricom Chapa Dimba website.