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ECL week 18 report: Rungu, Gaturi return with losses after weeks of absence

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Embu County League (ECL) Banner. | Image; One9
Embu County League (ECL) Banner. | Image; One9

The Embu County League continued its march towards its conclusion this weekend, with six fixtures played on Saturday and Sunday. 17 goals were scored in the round which saw all scheduled fixtures played. Rungu and Gaturi participated in this round despite having failed to honour their fixtures in previous weeks.

Saturday

Rungu 0-0 Ishiara

Rungu returned to action after weeks of action that saw them give away a walkover in a home fixture, welcoming Ishiara to their Kianjokoma home ground on Saturday. The hosts looked rusty, and were only saved by Ishiara’s own rustiness  from conceding a dozen.

 

Sunday

Ishiara 0-6 Triumph

After Saturday’s luck, Ishiara’s flaws were badly exposed on Sunday when they welcomed a full-strength Triumph side to their Ishiara home-ground within the market famed for its juicy nyama-choma. It was the visitors who enjoyed the juiciness, however, as they ran rout in front of the home side in a match attended by incoming Embu County sports CEC John Ngari Kiamati among other high-profile guests.

Team Captain Harrison Robinho blamed the home side’s poor performance on poor preparation, bemoaning a lack of seriousness from his boys in training.

3K 2-0 Gaturi

Leaders 3K welcomed a returning Gaturi to Kagumorí home ground on Sunday and took advantage of the Nembure based side’s rustiness to open up the gap at the top of the log to seven points.

Manchester 1-0 Rungu

Manchester picked up from where they left last week with a second straight home toe at their Kairuri ground, welcoming Rungu for the latter’s second match of the weekend. In this one, Rungu appeared a more harmonized side, perhaps due to playing together on Saturday. They put up a good point but eventually consistency paid off and the home side came off with all three points.

Yatte 2-1 Black Cats

Yatte went up against Black Cats in the early kick-off of a doubleheader at Embu stadium, returning to league action a week after qualifying for the regionals of the Chapa Dimba tournament. They showed why they are the fitting representatives of the County in the regionals of the U-20 competition that is sponsored by Safaricom with a convincing win over the town boys in the town derby match.

Stinchez 3-2 Rangers

Stinchez took to the pitch for the second match of the afternoon as they welcomed Mbeere South side Rangers. The match was well attended, with a notable presence of Inter Dunga Dunga players and officials led by TM Hasheem Kahiga.

The hosts were first to go ahead late in the first half but they couldn’t maintain the slender lead into the breather. Rangers equalized upon through veteran player Dario, but eventually, the home side proved too strong in the second half as they took their chances to end it 3-2 and collect all three points.

 

We are yet to get an official decision on what will happen of Rungu and Gaturi who had already missed three matches before taking part in this weekend’s round. The decision will affect how this week’s standings look like. We will update you as soon as the decision is made.

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