Berlin FC were crowned the champions of 2019 Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom North Eastern region finals played today at Garissa Teachers College.
Coming from Garissa County, Berlin whipped Al-Ansar of Wajir 4-3 in post-match penalties after a goalless draw in normal time.
“We are happy with our win and we thank God. The match was tough but we managed to score more goals in the penalty shootouts. I am more excited because I have also won in the most valuable player category. I owe this to the team support,” said Abdallah Marro, MVP and Berlin FC player.
The winning team received a cash reward of KES 200,000 and an opportunity to play in the national finals set for June 2019 in Meru where KES 1 million is at stake.
“We are glad to be the champions in this region. We train together all the time hence great teamwork. Our aim is to bring national title to Garissa this year and we will try our best to achieve this. I am glad to be crowned the best keeper in the overall tournament,” said, Yahya Mohamed, Golden Glove winner and player Berlin FC.
The regional champions will join Euronuts and Barcelona from Central region, Mombasa’s Shimanzi youth and Changamwe ladies, Kajiado’s Al Ahly and Kitale Queens from Rift Valley, Bishop Njenga Girls and Lugari Blue Saints from Western, Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza as well as Super Solico and St Mary’s Ndovea from Eastern have booked the tickets for the national finals.
This year an all-star team will be selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.
The competition moves to Nairobi this weekend, the 27th and 28th April 2019 for the last regional final.
The champions were 1-0 winners against Daadab FC in the semifinals with the only goal from Abdalla Marro who scored in the 10th minute while Al Ansar were 2-1 winners against Jamia fc from Mandera in the second semifinal played at the same venue.
Ahmed Abdihakim scored first for Jamia in the 20th minute but Ahmed Adan equalized in the 55th minute before an own goal by Hilow Usama at 75th minute gave Al-Ansar a two-one win in regulation time.
- Berlin FC (4) 0-0 (3) Al-Ansar
- Berlin 1-0 Daadab
- Al Ansar 2-1 Jamia