Beijing Raiders player Selvin Kasowa (in a blue bib) scores a goal during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Regional finals at Stima Club Grounds, Thika road. Beijing Raiders won the match after thrashing Acakoro 5-0.

Thus far the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament has been fantastic, a season played out with the emergence of new tantalizing talent, and is producing superb games and show of skill at each level.
During this past weekend, Nairobi converged at the Stima Club Sports Ground in Ruaraka, where the Nairobi region finals took place. The best eight teams from Nairobi region; South B, Slum Dwellers, Kamukunji Boys, Gor Mahia Youth, Acakoro Ladies, Soweto Queens, Kangemi Ladies and Beijing Raiders, came to battle for a place in the national finals. Saturday’s heavy rains were just a blip on the radar of the teams as the teams fought and toiled on the slippery and muddy pitch.
Come Play Your Passion! With the prospects of taking a flight to London to train with superstars what needed to be done was done! In between falls, slips, and tackles, the fans shouted for goals and the players delivered. Gor Mahia Youth (Boys) and Beijing Raiders (Girls) will represent Nairobi Region in the National Finals at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega from 22-25th March,2018.


As the last regional finals to be held before winners from the eight regions meet in Bukhungu stadium for the finals, our media team took the opportunity to cover the games and report on the showcase of talent at the venue.


The day’s opening match was between Beijing Raiders and Kangemi Ladies that set the tempo by delivering such thrill and so many goals. Beijing Raiders made their intentions clear by hitting the back of the net thrice by the stroke of halftime and placing their opponents in a difficult position. The second half started more evenly as Kangemi Ladies, provided a challenge but it was well beyond them as they conceded four more goals even though they scored two goals. Sarah Atieno netted a hattrick for Beijing Raiders, with Salvine Kasowa and Annet Matinde each bagging a brace. Lucy Chesanga and Mecyline Achieng scored the two goals for the Kangemi Ladies.
FT Beijing Raiders 7-2 Kangemi Ladies
The second girls’ semifinal pitted Acakoro Ladies against Soweto Queens in a match that was rather defensive, with both teams cautiously probing each other but failing to convert their chances. It took 29 minutes for Sylvia Makungu to tap in a sitter that would decide the game and ensure Acakoro Ladies proceeded to Sunday’s final.
FT Acakoro Ladies 1-0 Soweto Queens
The first boys’ semifinal was between Gor Mahia Youth and Kamukunji High. One would think that this was the final game of the tournament judging by its intensity, passion and drama. These two foes had a legacy to protect and for them, this was for all and nothing. Indeed, they did give their all. Kamukunji is a giant in the national football scene and has been the nursery of exceptional talent such as Dennis Oliech, McDonald Mariga and his brother Victor Mugubi Wanyama. These are Kenyan stars that have gone to shine in the biggest leagues in world. On the other hand, Gor Mahia Youth team is a feeder for the most successful Premier League side and national champions, Gor Mahia and for them, the heritage of the club was at stake. They had a name to protect and fight for. As predicted , the game was fast paced and both teams created chances to score. Within only five minutes, Musa Ismail (Gor Mahia Youth) had placed the ball in the back of the net. Minutes later as the clock struck 23′, Otieno Selassie (Gor Mahia Youth) doubled his team’s advantage. The scores remained the same as the match went into the half time break. The second half started with a resurgent Kamukunji clawing back to steal a goal through Cyrus Onyancha’s penalty. It was a tough match for Gor who now played one-man less after Omwenga Dickson was sent off for rough tackling. However, they managed to hold on and even score  though Peter Kamau  five minutes to stoppage time, to all but end the battle.
FT Gor Mahia Youth 3-1 Kamukunji High
The last  boys’ semifinal match was in tough conditions as the rains pounded the venue making the grass surface slippery. South B United faced Slum Dwellers in the match that also delivered the promise of Chapa Dimba’s Play with Passion tagline. Wilson Anguli (South B United) and Musa Masika (Slum Dwellers) both scored one goal for their teams even though South B United lost one man through a red card in the dying minutes of the game. The match had to be decided on post-match penalties where Slum Dwellers edged out South B United 3-1. Slum Dwellers would now face Gor Mahia Youth in the finals on Sunday.
FT Slum Dwellers 1-1 South B United (3-1 pens)

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