GARISSA—The regional finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom youth tournament kicked off today with the semi-finals being played at the Technical Training College Grounds (TCC) Garissa County.
In the first boys’ semi-finals, Berlin FC from Garissa took an early lead against Al Mumtaz from Modogashe when Abdala Maro opened the scoresheet in the 37th minute before adding a second in extra time.
In the second half, Abdi Somo Gede and Abdi Karim Bashir scored a goal each in the 53rd and 82nd minute respectively to cement their win. As the game drew to a close, two Al Mumtaz players were sent off for foul play. Yusuf Abdi Yusuf received a second yellow card in the 84th minute while Faid Abukar received a straight red card in the 86th minute.
With the win, Berlin FC have secured a direct ticket to the regional final set to be played tomorrow, against the winner of today’s afternoon match.
“Al Mumtaz is not a team you take for granted going by how far they have come to reach the semi-finals. The match was tough but all along we knew we were up to the task as we had trained hard for the game. We put up a good fight, which is what helped us secure the win today,” said Ahmed Mohamed, Coach, Berlin FC.
In the second boys’ semi-finals, Al Ansar from Wajir will this afternoon square it out with Admiral from Mandera.