La Liga coaches to scout for talent in Kitui this weekend at Chapa Dimba na Safaricom regional finals

Football is the most popular sport in Kenya, as is the case in many parts of the world. Maybe this is because it requires fewer resources compared to other sports.

Perhaps this might also explain why boys and girls across the country start playing football at a very young age. For some, it’s a hobby while others are keen on harnessing their skills and playing in the world’s biggest leagues such as Spain’s La Liga.

Most young boys and girls are keen on becoming the next big deal, drawing inspiration from the likes of Victor Wanyama, Divock Origi and McDonald Mariga. However, they are often forced to abandon their dreams midway because of one reason or the other.

A young player might dream of representing Kenya at foreign competitions but there’s no one to single them out of a crowd. So, after waiting to be noticed for many years, they give up.

Seeing how dire the situation was, Safaricom unveiled Chapa Dimba as a way of giving back to Kenyans, who have always been a part of their story since the firm was established in 1997.

Safaricom’s Chief Customer Officer Sylvia Mulinge kicks a ball at the Nyanza regional finals of Chapa Dimba on February 10

Through the tournament, the telecom giant aims to transform the lives of boys and girls, aged between 16 and 20, by giving them a chance to earn from something they are very passionate about – football.

Safaricom also seeks to develop football at the grass root level, propel gifted players to the national teams which translates to give hope to young boys and girls.

Chapa Dimba has five stages; Group Stage 1, Group Stage 2, Round of 16, Regional Finals and National Finals. Both boys and girls participate at every stage of the competition.

Nyanza and Western already wrapped up the regional stages of the competition and are training ahead of the national finals to be held in Meru in June.

Western region’s Bishop Njenga Girls and Lugari Blue Saints as well as Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza won their respective regional finals and secured slot in the national finals.

After Nyanza and Western, all roads lead to Kitui Showground on March 9th and 10th for the Chapa Dimba Eastern region finals where 8 teams, 4 girls’ teams and 4 boys’ teams, will go up against each other for a chance represent the region in the national finals.

The boys’ semis will see Isiolo Young Stars play Triumph boys from Embu while Mwingi’s Super Solico will take on Samba boys from Moyale. The girls’ semis will have Karugwa Queens from Meru Central face Chuka Starlets from Meru South as Marsabit’s Sakuu Queens meet St. Mary’s Ndovea from Makueni.

The winner for both the girls’ and boys’ teams will pocket KSh. 200,000, while the runners up will take home KSh. 100,000. The best player, top scorer and best keeper will each pocket KSh. 30,000.

After Eastern, Chapa Dimba will head to Rift Valley, Coast, Central, North Eastern, Nairobi and culminate in Meru where the national winner for both the girls’ and boys’ teams will each get KSh 1 million, while the runners up will pocket KSh. 500,000.

Two boy best players and two girl best players from each region will also be selected to form an all-star team that will be sponsored on a 10-day trip to Spain where they will play La Liga academies and access world-class training facilities.

Turn out in large numbers and support your favourite teams at Kitui Showground this weekend. You can also follow the conversation on social media #ChapaDimbaNaSafaricom.

Watch the video below and see how Chapa Dimba has transformed Brian Lumumba’s life.


Safaricom to reward loyal customers with KSh. 250M in its biggest promotion yet

Safaricom has made tremendous progress since it was established in 1997. From a paltry customer base of 17,000 subscribers, the mobile operator has grown in leaps and bounds to a staggering 29 million users today.

The firm, which started off as a subsidiary of Telkom Kenya, is today the biggest communication company in East and Central Africa with an annual revenue in excess of KSh. 230 billion.

However, it’s worth noting that Safaricom was able to accomplish these huge milestones thanks to you and I – their loyal customers. Our continued support over the years has kept the firm going.

It’s for this very reason that the telecom giant unveiled a campaign dubbed Nawe Kila Wakati to reinforce its commitment to its customers when it celebrated its 18th anniversary in October 2018.

Nawe Kila Wakati is a promise from Safaricom that it will continue to enable its customers to communicate, socialize and do business using their network, by making services more affordable.

As part of this guarantee, the firm has now embarked on a new customer promotion campaign dubbed Shukrani Kocho Kocho Kenya Nzima.

As the name suggests, Safaricom is keen on appreciating its customers from all over the country for being part of the firm’s remarkable journey.

The 12-week promotion, which was launched on February 20th, seeks to reward more than 5 million Safaricom customers with over KSh. 340 million in cash prizes and airtime.

Safaricom's Chief Customer Officer Sylvia Mulinge
Safaricom’s Chief Customer Officer Sylvia Mulinge

Safaricom’s Chief Customer Officer Sylvia Mulinge explained that the firm was keen on boosting customer loyalty through Shukrani Kocho Kocho Kenya Nzima – which is its biggest promotion yet.

“The campaign seeks to celebrate and reward more than 29 million customers for their continued loyalty. It further reiterates our commitment to provide our customers with relevant products and offers in line with our promise of ‘Nawe Kila Wakati’,” she stated.

When the curtains fall on the promotion, there will be almost 100 new millionaires across the country courtesy of Safaricom.

One customer from each of the 47 counties will walk away with KSh. 1 million in the grand finale. The firm also will hold weekly draws based on regions where 8 lucky winners from each region will each pocket KSh. 1 million every week. The regional draws will run for 6 weeks.

Other regional winners will pocket consolation cash prizes of KSh. 10,000, KSh. 5,000, KSh. 1,000, KSh. 500 and KSh. 200.

Customers also stand a chance to win daily airtime of KSh. 200, KSh. 100, KSh. 100 and KSh. 20.

At the end of the promotion, on May 25, 2019, Safaricom will award the national grand winner of Shukrani Kocho Kocho Kenya Nzima with KSh. 18 million and 47 winners from each county a million each.

To participate, customers will earn 10 entries for every top up of KSh. 20 topped up and 1 entry for every KSh. 20 transacted on M-PESA.

Qualifying transactions include; sending money, receiving money from a business, transfers from a financial institution to M-PESA, and all Lipa Na M-PESA transactions.

The more the entries, the higher your odds of winning. Customers can check their entries by dialling *456*0#.

What are you waiting for? Top up and transact on M-PESA as many times as you can. Who knows? You could be the next millionaire!