Acakoro, Kitale face off in Chapa Dimba final

first_img0Shares0000Nasambu Harriet of Barcelona Ladies (Right) tackles Marondo Agnelta of KitaleQueens (left) during the semifinals of Chapa Dimba na Safaricom at Kinoru stadiumin Meu. Kitale Queens won 6-1.MERU, Kenya, June 21 – Nairobi’s Acakoro Ladies and Kitale Queens from Rift Valley will on Sunday fight for the National glory in the girls grand finale of the ongoing Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom National finals.Kitale Queens qualified for the finals after thrashing Barcelona Ladies 6-1 in a one- sided semifinal held today at Kinoru Stadium, Meru County. Metrine Nanjala netted the opening goal for the energized Kitale Queens in the 20th minute before Daisy Busia scored the second in the 38th minute, the first half ending 2-0.The second half saw Peris Nafula and Agneta Marondo each score a brace for Kitale Queens in 65th and 72nd minutes, and 70th and 82nd minutes respectively. Barcelona’s star Jane Njeri scored a late penalty for her team in the 91st, the match ending 6-1.“This was a good game though it did not go our way. We are glad we did our best. Our supportive fans gave energy to the players, boosting their morale and the girls responded accordingly. The game was not just on our side,” said Emman Gullat, Coach, Barcelona Ladies.Acakoro Ladies also booked a date in the grand finale after displaying a skillful match against Changamwe Ladies wining 4-2 in regulation time. Sylvia Makhungu gave the Nairobians an early lead scoring a set-piece in the 19th minute before Catherine Awuor netted a hat-trick in the 21st, 35th & 93rd minutes.Changamwe Ladies dominated the second half with Saumu Kahindi and Nancy Akinyi scoring at 46th & 50th minutes respectively to see the match end at 4-2.‘We played very well today and won the semis. We have a tough opponent in the finals but we will do our best,” said Carol Auma, Captain Acakoro Ladies.The losing Semifinalists, Barcelona Ladies and Changamwe Ladies pocketed Ksh250,000 cash reward each. The winner in the Sunday’s finals will take home Ksh 1 million while the losing finalist will walk away with Ksh 500,000 among other individualized prizes.The boys’ semifinals will be played tomorrow (Saturday) where Al-Ahly FC from Rift Valley will face South B United from Nairobi as Kisumu’s finest Manyatta United prepare to take on Western Champions, Lugari Blue Saints.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgTo the surprise of many, the Daredevils yesterday ignored To the surprise of many, the Daredevils yesterday ignored South African duo of Imran Tahir and JP Duminy on a slow Eden surface but Zaheer said he is happy with the team combination. “Duminy was not available. But were happy with the combination. Theres no second thoughts on it. It was a tough day and we accept that,” he said. Quinton de Kock and Mayank Agarwal had given Daredevils a brisk start , putting up 23 runs in just two overs before Andre Russell (3/24) sparked the collapse with a twin breakthrough, while John Hastings (2/6) tightened the screws at the other end. Later, spin duo of Brad Hogg (3/19) and Piyush Chawla (2/21) made it all the more difficult as the Daredevils batsmen struggled to build a partnership. “Sometime you do get caught up in the T20 format. Thats what happens while batting first, you always chase that big number. These things can happen. You learn new things every day. Im very confident our young batting side will go a long way in this tournament. Im very happy with the way we have prepared this season. We will come good definitely. Scores will come Ive full faith in our batters,” Zaheer said. He also lauded KKR bowlers for their superb show. “They hit the right areas and held it together. Im happy to see this kind of wicket. You have to give credit where its deserved. After the first two overs, KKR bowlers really, really held it together and put pressure back on us,” Zaheer said. Making a comeback after a year, Zaheer, who last played competitive cricket in 2015 IPL, said he was happy to be back. “Its good to be back. I was trying a bit too much but you learn everyday. I was out there on the field after a long time. With a low total to defend, you try too much as a bowler. I was looking for that extra swing for a left-hander which I was not getting. Overall, Im with happy to be out there,” the former India pace spearhead said. Zaheer also said that Mohammed Shami was fit and available for selection. “Hes (Shami) doing well at the nets. Hes prepared well. Im very confident of him. Hes very positive.” The Daredevils will next play Kings XI Punjab at home on April 15. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more