Safaricom Chapa Dimba And Why You Should Register Your Team

Safaricom Chapa Dimba And Why You Should Register Your Team

A successful talent search is always a heartwarming story. When a talented individual never thought their potential could go beyond their local community or school stage, then they get discovered and the world opens up to heights they would never have dreamed of. We have seen this among sports people, models, musicians, actors, actresses and in many other fields.

Such is the story of Safaricom Chapa Dimba which is now back after a 3-years hiatus. Chapa Dimba is a grassroots to national tournament that identifies and nurtures football talent among youngsters aged 16 to 20. This not only offers them a platform to showcase and improve their game, but also gives them exposure through traveling and playing competitively outside of their regions. Competitive sports give players hope and purpose and this impacts their overall growth even outside of the pitch.

This is also the story of Tuinuane, a rallying call and brand philosophy by Safaricom for us to stand up for one another as Kenyans. With Chapa Dimba and many other sports and humanities projects all over the country, Safaricom is leading Tuinuane from the front. This is more so because throughout the tournament across the country, Safaricom will interact with communities by conducting free medical camps and organizing financial and digital literacy clinics, in partnership with other relevant players.

A look at previous Chapa Dimba tournaments is a clear testimony of just how far football can take players. We have kids whom football has seen through school without their guardians having to dip into their pockets. We have others who have been spotted by team agents and have since been recruited into brand and national teams. They are now not only making a living out of the sport but are also a great inspiration to the younger kids still dreaming about being players. We also have many who have been saved from idleness and associated vices by having their time occupied by football. We will tell as many of these stories as we trail the tournaments.

One of the biggest highlights of Chapa Dimba if not the absolute biggest is Safaricom’s partnership with La Liga in which at the regional finals, the two best football players (one boy and one girl) will be identified and selected to form an All-Star team, with the opportunity to participate in a 10-day training boot camp in Spain. Two players (one boy and one girl) will also be granted international placement in a youth team in Spain.

With this partnership, the youngsters get to see what big football is about – the sheer discipline that comes with it, the huge stadia, and the quality of the grounds where football magic happens. They got the privilege of training on these grounds, to watch big matches live and also to play friendlies with junior clubs in Spain. Ultimately, they get to experience how far ahead of us the big leagues are and to adjust their dreams upwards. The mark that such a trip will leave on these kids is indelible and if that is not what powerful nurturing of dreams is, I don’t know what is.

Safaricom Chapa Dimba Is Back After A Three Year Break

Safaricom and the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) have launched the fourth edition of the Safaricom Chapa Dimba football tournament after a three-year break. The launch event was held at Camp Toyoyo in Jericho, Nairobi County. During the launch, Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa announced that the telco has pledged more than Ksh 400 million to support the tournament, which will take place from June 2023 to January 2024. The tournament will be held at both grassroots and national levels throughout the country.

The objective of Safaricom Chapa Dimba is to establish a structured platform for scouts and coaches to discover fresh talent and create feeder systems for Kenyan leagues nationwide. Additionally, the initiative aims to train a total of 250 coaches.

“We are proud to announce the return of Safaricom Chapa Dimba after a three-year break due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Previous seasons of the tournament have been a huge success, and we intend to enrol even more participants this season. Football is a beautiful game that brings people together. Its popularity cuts across ethnic lines and social status and is a powerful tool for social change, inclusion, and respect,” said Mr Ndegwa.

“We are equally happy to announce that 32 young players from the tournament will be scouted to the national team and get an opportunity to visit Spain for a 10-day training boot camp. In this new season, courtesy of Safaricom and M-PESA Foundations, we shall also offer TVET educational scholarships to 150 players that will go to the best boy and girl player in every county, as well as members of the winning girls’ and boys’ teams at the national finals. We look forward to forging deeper connections with our customers and showcasing our commitment to transforming lives.” said Mr Ndegwa.

The tournament will award the winning boys’ and girls’ teams in the county, regional, and national finals with a total prize money of Ksh 20 million, double the amount from the previous year. During each of the regional finals, the two best football players (one boy and one girl) will be identified and selected to form an All-Star team, with the opportunity to participate in a 10-day training boot camp in Spain. Two players (one boy and one girl) will also be granted international placement in a youth team in Spain.

Throughout the tournament, Safaricom will interact with communities across Kenya by conducting free medical camps, organizing financial and digital literacy clinics in partnership with key stakeholders, and offering various promotions for Safaricom products and services.

“I want to laud Safaricom for supporting various sports developments in our country. Previous editions of Safaricom Chapa Dimba have helped us recruit new, talented players for our clubs and the national teams. We are happy to see the return of the tournament. I believe and hope that this season will be even more exciting and impactful,” said Nick Mwendwa, President of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

Safaricom Chapa Dimba was first launched in 2017 to give young people between the ages of 16-20 years a platform to showcase their talent and get rewarded for their passion. The tournament has become a much sought-after event by local and international scouts seeking new, talented footballers.

The tournament has produced many talented players such as Benson Omalla of Gor Mahia, currently a top scorer in the Kenya Premier League; David Majak of Tusker FC; Jentrix Shikangwa of Simba Queens in Tanzania; Jane Njeri, Cynthia Livondo, and Judith Osimbo among others.

The tournament will be open to both boys’ and girls’ teams. It will kick off with a national registration exercise from 1st May 2023 in Nairobi, Eastern, Western, Nyanza, Rift, Coast, Central, and North Eastern regions.

Registration forms will be available on the Safaricom website: www.chapadimba.safaricom.co.ke. The group stages will be played at the grassroots level, with successful teams qualifying for the regional finals across the eight regions.

This year’s tournament will kick off on 3rd June 2023 in Western Kenya, with the national finals to be held on 14th January 2024.

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