“Tuthii La Liga” Slogan That is Causing Ripples in Kitui County

Terry Ouko is the definition of a ‘Girl on Fire’, a trailblazer in her own right having pursued her passion in football to incredible heights.

Participating in the Safaricom Sponsored Sakata Ball tournament in 2011, opened doors for her talent to be discovered as she was selected to join the National Youth Talent Academy (NYTA).

Terry won various accolades including the FKF Jamhuri Cup Tournament champions in 2012, where she was crowned best defender.

The celebrated player also captained both the junior and senior Harambee Starlets (Women National team) between the years 2011 and 2016.

Currently, the football star supports a Sport for Development program that uses football as a tool to empower girls between 9-25 years at the Coastal region into growing beyond societal expectations.

Terry’s story is a testament to the fact that talent determines what you can do, your motivation determines how much you are willing to do while your attitude determines how well you do it.

And that’s what the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom football tournament is geared towards - giving young people the self belief that their talent in sports can earn them a living in addition to developing grassroots football which ultimately propels gifted players to the national team.

The tourney takes Sports development a notch higher in its second season by running a scouting program in collaboration with certified La Liga coaches to identify talented players to make up an all-star team.

Selected players will attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.

Following a successful run in Western and Nyanza region, the tournament now heads over to the Eastern region where 8 youth teams will battle it out for a chance to play in the national finals set for June in Meru County.

Localizing the slogan to “Tuthii La Liga” from the original Twende La Liga - “Let’s go to La Liga”, the Eastern region finals will be going down on the 9th and 10th of March at Kitui Showgrounds in Kitui County.

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’ category 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 regional winners will receive a cash reward of Kshs 200,000 each and a chance to represent the region in the tournament’s national finals. The runners- up will also pocket Kshs 100,000 each.

Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn't and sports is a sureway for young people to learn the value of pushing limits and pursuing their passions wholeheartedly.

What better way to show support for budding talent that coming out in large numbers to cheer them on as they face off in thrilling matches.

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