Mighty showdown is expected at Kinoru stadium tomorrow as Manyatta United FC take on Al-Ahly FC in the boys’ National grand finale of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Youth tournament.

The Kisumu based Manyatta United edged out the champions of Western, Lugari Blue Saints to qualify for finals scoring 2:1 in a semi-finals dubbed Mashemeji derby considering the origins of the teams. It was a tough call for both sides that sought dominance in the game played in a fully packed Kinoru stadium.

Chapa dimba na Safaricom - manyatta united
Joseph Otieno of Lugari Blue Saints (L) battles for the ball with Fredrick Nehemia of Manyatta from Kisumu in the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom boys semifinals at Kinoru stadium in Meru.

“The game was tensed and so tough. We had tough opponents who were equally fit. This was not easy but we did our best. We will face our opponents tomorrow in the finals with courage and hope to triumph,” said Ibrahim Ochieng, Striker, Manyatta United.

Al-Ahly FC from Rift Valley also qualified for finals after putting up a stunning game against South B United from Nairobi scoring 3:2 in a penalty shootout after a 2:2 draw in regulation time.

Chapa dimba na Safaricom - manyatta united vs al ahly
Alhyl’s Abdirahman Abdulahi (C) scores the first goal as South B United’s Brian Ngolo (L) runs to save the ball in the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom boys semifinals at Kinoru stadium in Meru. Alhyl won 3:2 on a penalty shoot out.

“This win is a great opportunity to us and honestly it has not been very easy. The game was tough as our opponents kept equalizing each minute we scored. We still have a tough match tomorrow but remain hopeful to win,” said Abdirahman Abdullahi, Captain Al-Ahly FC

Manyatta will therefore face Al-Ahly FC in the grand finale tomorrow. The game is expected to be a do or die match as the two teams fight for the National glory.

Kitale Queens and Acakoro Ladies from Nairobi will also face off in the girls grand finals tomorrow. Kitale Queens and Acakoro Ladies qualified for the grand finale after beating their opponents Barcelona Ladies from Central 6:1 and Changamwe Ladies from Coast 4:2 respectively in the girls semifinals held yesterday.

The losing Semifinalists, Lugari Blue Saints and South B United pocketed KShs 250,000 cash reward each. The winner in the tomorrow’s finals will take home KShs 1M while the losing finalist will walk away with KShs 500,000 among other individualized prizes.

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