Nyaguku FC from Nyamira stunned their opponents, St. Peter’s Nyaisa, with a resounding 6-0 victory to clinch the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Nyamira County title in the boys’ category.
Kevin Mayore scored a hat trick with Kevin Orina, Kevin Orina and Emmanuel Bongoye, scoring a goal each during the match played at Kiendege Grounds in Nyamira.
In Kisumu County, Obunga FC are the new county champions after edging out the reigning champions Manyatta United FC, in a 4-3 penalty shootout.
The determined Obunga, who were trailing by a goal in the first half, executed a stunning comeback in the second half, equalizing and ultimately leading the match into a penalty shootout.
This victory marked the end of Manyatta’s regional dominance in a game attended by hundreds of fans.
“First, I want to thank Safaricom for bringing Chapa Dimba to Mashinani.
“This truly embodies the spirit of supporting young people and helping them showcase their talents.
“It feels amazing to be named the county champions.
“We had a great game and hope to replicate our performance in the upcoming matches.
“To our fans, we promise not to let you down. We kindly ask for your continued support as we aim for the regional championship,” said John Paul Omeka, Captain of Nyaguku FC.
In the Girls’ category, Rigoma Starlets defeated Gekomoni Girls 3-2 to claim the County Championship in the Girls’ category.
Seventeen-year-old Sharon Kemuma opened the scoring for her team, Rigoma FC, with a goal in the 27th minute.
Nine minutes before the end of the first half, Linet Achieng equalized with a superb strike, leading both teams to go into halftime on a tie.
In the 49th minute, Sharon Mokeira scored to put Rigoma Starlets back in the lead, followed by Kemuma, who scored her second goal in the 54th minute.
With nine minutes left in the game, the highly spirited striker Achieng, who had been trying to salvage her team from falling behind, netted her second goal, resulting in a final score of 3-2.
“This year’s Chapa Dimba has truly been tough, starting right from the group stages.
“Nevertheless, we have managed, and I am delighted that we have finally emerged as the county champions, securing a prize of Kshs 75,000.
“This victory serves as a significant source of motivation for our girls, and as we prepare for the upcoming playoffs next week, our goal remains to win and advance to the regional finals,” said Nixon Obiero, the Head Coach of Rigoma Starlets.
In Kisumu County, the reigning national champions Plateau Queens continued their dominant performance, defeating their rivals Manyatta Ladies 2-1 to claim the County championship in the Girls’ category.
The winning teams in both the boys’ and girls’ categories each took home Kshs 75,000, while the runners-up each received Kshs 30,000.
Top scorers and the Best Goalkeepers from both the boys’ and girls’ teams each received Kshs 10,000 with the Most Valuable Players (MVP) taking home Kshs 10,000, plus an additional TVET scholarship to pursue a course of their choice, courtesy of Safaricom and M-PESA Foundations
In the Nyanza region, a total of 530 teams participated in the grassroots games, comprising 412 boys’ teams and 118 girls’ teams, all of which competed from the ward level.