The team that will represent North Eastern in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom national final will be decided this weekend.
Garissa University will host the fourth regional final of the youth tournament which aims at scouting for talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propelling gifted players to the national team.
(TOP: Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom contestants during a previous encounter).
Four boys teams will take part in the North Eastern finals with the winning team walking away with a cash reward of Kshs 200,000 and an opportunity to play in the national grand finale set for March this year.
The four teams include Jamia FC from Mandera, Ifpro from Garissa, Al-Hayat from Wajir and Jack Boys from Dadaab.
“The tournament has been a success across the country right from the group stages as young players showcase their football prowess. We look forward to the same vigor from the North Eastern teams,” said Nick Mwendwa, the President of Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
Over 300 games were played across North Eastern with 102 teams taking part in the matches that kicked off on November 18, 2017.
At the grand finale, the winning teams will walk away with Kshs 1 million each and an opportunity to go for an international training and mentorship camp in London in April this year.
Kapenguria Heroes and Tar Tar Girls from Rift, Mwingi Junior Academy and Ngakaa Talent Academy from Eastern and Ombek red Devils and Plateau Queens from Nyanza are the teams that have qualified for the grand finale so far.
Coast, Western, Central and Nairobi regions are also scheduled to hold their regional finals in the next few weeks
Safaricom has invested Sh100 million towards the program which includes Kshs 10 million worth of prizes as well as funds for renovation of select community pitches through a legacy programme.