Miriam Orapido was on Sunday afternoon voted the most valuable player at Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Western Region Finals at Kanduyi Stadium Bungoma County.
Orapido who hails from Busia and a student at Arch Bishop Njenga Girls from Kakamega County was instrumental in her team winning the title, and a ticket for the nationals scheduled for March 24-25 at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.
Orapido 18, who plays central defender, received a trophy and a cash prize of Sh30, 000.
She also guided the team to clinch the top award of Sh200, 000, while each player received a phone worth Sh6, 000 and airtime of Sh2, 000.
The form four student said her dream was to play for the National women team and later turn professional.
National women coach Richard Kanyi was also present at the event.
I started my football career in standard six at Kamuria Primary School. I never looked back when I joined Bishop Njenga. I will train hard to lift my County and Western region, she said.
Kanyi said Orapido has what it takes to join the Under-20 or senior national team.
Bishop Njenga games teacher Maruti Wanyonyi said Orapido did not know how to kick the ball when she joined the school, but improved with time to emerge the best central defender in Western region.
Orapido might travel to London in April and meet her county mate Victor Wanyama, the Safaricom ambassador, if Bishop Njenga will win the national title.
The games teacher said the fact that Orapido was voted the most valuable player shows talent is in the western region, hence the need to tap, nurtured and expose them.
Kakamega County won both trophies, as Mukumu Boys won the men’s title after beating Lugari Blue Saints 2-0 in the finals.
Source: Kenya News Agency