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Acakoro storm Chapa Dimba semis in Meru

Dache Rehema (L) of Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza battles for the ball with Mitchelle
Akoth (R) of Acakoro ladies from Nairobi during the knockout matches in the Chapa
Dimba na Safaricom national finals at the Kinoru stadium, Meru. Acakoro qualified
for the quarter finals by winning 3-2.

MERU, Kenya, June 20 – Nairobi Region representatives in the girls competition Acakoro Ladies will face Changamwe Ladies from Mombasa in the semi-finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom on Friday at the Kinoru Stadium in Meru.

The other semi will see Barcelona Ladies from Central face Kitale Queens from Rift Valley.

This is after Acakoro beat favourites Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza 3-2 while in the other quarter-final, Barcelona Ladies were 2-1 winners over St Marys’ Ndovea from Eastern.

Bishop Njenga Girls from Western did not turn up for the games due to prior commitments, giving Kitale Queens from Rift Valley a walk over to the semis.

“We’ve had a good victory today. The matches were tough but the girls were tactical and focused. Our opponents had more physique and well-built but we played a more tactical in our game.  We never underestimated our opponent and that has always been our secret to success. We look forward for another victory tomorrow in the semis,” said Pauline Awuor, Coach Acakoro Ladies.

-Boys contest-

Ali Nasri of Supersolico (L) battles for the ball with Lugari Blue Saints Wycliff
Abungana in the knockout matches in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom national finals
at the Kinoru stadium, Meru. Lugari Blue Saints qualified for the quarter finals by
winning 3-0.

In the boys’ quarterfinals, Al Ahly from Rift won 3-1 against Berlin FC from North Eastern as South B United from Nairobi beat Shimanzi Youth from Coast 1-0.

Lugari Blue Saints from Western also booked a space in the semis after scoring 3-0 against Super Solico from Eastern.

Nyanza Champions Manyatta United were 4-1 winners over Euronuts from Central to book their slot in the semis as well.

South B United will face Al-Ahly as Lugari Blue Saints prepare to face Manyatta United in the semis set for Saturday.

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“Our win today is as a result of hard work and team spirit. The game was tough but we made it. Our focus is to win the finals and be the champions,” said Oscar Kengwa, striker – Al-Ahly FC.

The winners of the quarterfinals pocketed Sh250,000 cash reward each and will now proceed to the semifinals set for Friday and Saturday.

The girls will play their semifinals on Friday (tomorrow) while the boys will play on Saturday.

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