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Embu County League: Kathanjurí sweep Kegonge to claim derby rights

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Kathanjuri FC Captain issues directions to his side during Saturday's match at Kegonge. Kathanjuri won 5-2 | Photo: Kegonge journalism club
Kathanjuri FC Captain issues directions to his side during Saturday's match at Kegonge. Kathanjuri won 5-2 | Photo: Kegonge journalism club

Kathanjurí FC are the owners of the Múrigi derby bragging rights, having thrashed Kegonge 5-2 in a derby match played Saturday afternoon. The visitors, first timers in the league, proved too strong for the school side to come back from a 1-0 loss to Rungu FC last weekend.

Kathanjurí dominated the match from kick off, and for the effort they managed to carve themselves a 2-0 lead at half time. Kegonge tried to get back in it with a 66th minute penalty, but the town boys proved too strong for the school side.

Kathanjuri FC pose for a team photo before kick off on Saturday. The Múrigi giants downed Kegonge 5-2 | Photo: Courtesy/ Kegonge journalism club
Kathanjuri FC pose for a team photo before kick off on Saturday. The Múrigi giants downed Kegonge 5-2 | Photo: Courtesy/ Kegonge journalism club

Speaking after the match, Kegonge coach Lawrence Ndimitú blamed his side’s loss to the short training period they have had together, having just opened school this week. Said Ndimitú, “The boys just reported back [to school] this week. With all the settling down to be done, we have only had a few hours of group training. Fitness levels are still very low, but there is visible potential to bring out.”

Kegonge taking their team photo turn. Coach Ndimitú blamed their loss on little training duration | Photo: Kegonge journalism club
Kegonge taking their team photo turn. Coach Ndimitú blamed their loss on little training duration | Photo: Kegonge journalism club

Kathanjuri coach Newton Njúki was an elated man after the match. From players to officials to the playing surface, he was full of praise. “The pitch today, compared to most others we visit, was perfect. This worked to our advantage because we love to pass the ball around. The level of officiating was also good, something you don’t always find everywhere. My boys showed up 100%, ” said Njukí.

To the home side, he had this to say, “Honestly, we dominated them. The battle was won in midfield, where we were largely superior. They have a good attack, but they need to tighten from the back and midfield.”

The loss compounds Kegonge’s troubles, as they will be having crammed fixtures over the next few weeks to catch up on the rounds played over the April holiday. Kathanjuri, on the other hand, will now hope to continue on the same scoring vein, having scored most goals of any match so far.

Kegonge will now play Gaturi away on Sunday 8th May, while Kathanjuri travel to 3k FC.

 

 

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