Small Simba beat Ichuni FC to claim Safaricom Chapa Dimba Kisii County title.
They took home KES. 75,000, with Ichuni FC taking home KES.30,000 for finishing in the second position.
South Mugirango’s Small Simba FC, who had trailed by one goal in the first half, made a remarkable comeback in the second half to beat Ichuni FC from Nyaribari Masaba 3-1 and claim the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Kisii County title in a highly contested tournament held at Sameta Grounds in Kisii County.
During the first half, Ichuni asserted their dominance, surging ahead with a one-goal lead,
courtesy of a splendid penalty by Emmanuel Onuonga in the 11th minute after Elijah
Kenyanya committed a foul in the box.
In the second half, Small Simba displayed exceptional performance after Coach Wycliff
Magero made two crucial substitutions. Omwoyo Elijah, who came off the bench, scored an
early equalizing goal in the first minute of the second half. Four minutes later, Rashid William
extended his side’s lead with a powerful shot after goalkeeper Brian Gwaro failed to clear the
ball from inside the box. Alex Nyabwari sealed the victory with a splendid strike in the 63rd
minute, securing his team’s third goal to send Coach Lenny Kigen’s team home.
They join Compel Sportiff and Brenda Girls from Bungoma and Ebwali
Boys and Madira Girls from Vihiga in the race for the Western region
“We are excited to have won the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Kisii County finals. We were
trailing by one goal in the first half, but in the second half, I made two crucial substitutions
that brought about significant changes in the game, ultimately earning us today’s sweet
victory against our competitors. We created numerous chances, and I am thrilled that my
team capitalized on them to secure our victory,” said Wycliff Magero, Head Coach of Small
In the girl’s category, Kisii Queens secured a 1-0 win against Moteiribe Girls to qualify for the
regional knockouts to be held in two weeks. The goal was scored by seventeen-year-old
Christine Osebe, who netted in the 52nd minute of the game.
In Siaya County, Victoria Sports Academy were crowned the Safaricom Chapa Dimba
County champions in the girls’ category after edging out Jera Girls from Ugenya 3-1. Victoria
Sports Academy earned their victory courtesy of a hat trick from the talented super striker
Leila Awuor in the 6th, 20th, and 79th minutes of the game, respectively.
Leila has so far netted eight goals in total since the tournament kicked off in the Nyanza region. She earnedthe top striker award, taking home KES. 10,000.
Jera’s only goal was scored by Christine Achieng, who came off the bench to score the only
and consoling goal for Jera Girls in the 65th minute. The match was played at the Siaya
K.M.T.C Grounds with hundreds of fans in attendance.
Individual prizes included the top goalkeeper, top scorer (Boys & Girls), each taking home
KES 10,000, and Most Valuable Player (Boys & Girls), each taking home KES 10,000 and a
TVET Scholarship courtesy of Safaricom Foundation.
The county winners will now proceed to Inter-County matches to secure a slot in the regional
The match between Ambira Mobimba and St. Peter’s Wagai Mixed was abandoned one
minute before the final whistle after fans assaulted center referee Kevin Amol, who had sent
off Ambira Mobimba’s Emmanuel Otieno with a red card for using abusive language toward
one of the opponent’s players. The verdict of the match will be determined by FKF in the
The other Nyanza County finals (Homa Bay, Migori, Kisumu, and Nyamira) are scheduled to
be played next weekend on the 16th and 17th before culminating in the intercounty playoffs.
Safaricom Chapa Dimba aims to provide a structured platform for scouts and coaches to tap
into new talent and build feeder systems for the Kenyan football leagues across the country
while also training a total of 250 coaches. The football tournament targets young people
aged between 16 and 20 years old.