Newcomers EWASCO on Sunday showed they are not here to joke as they smashed Runyenjes 10-1 in ECL round four. The side, sponsored by Embu Water and Sewerage Company, ergo, Ewasco, made a new record in the process. It was the largest scoreline ever in the Embu County League, as well as the biggest away win in the competition.
When the rains started falling prior to the 4pm kick off, few would have thought that it would also be raining goals. And if they were going to be there, one would have thought that the home side would benefit from a better knowledge of the pitch.
However, the visitors showed absolute dominance. They were on the front foot from the word go and were already 5-0 up by halftime. The did not show any intentions to relent in the second half, adding another five to compound the home side’s woes.
Goals from Njeru (3), Kanyari (2) Kepha Mutugi (2), Dennis Mwiathi (1), Peter (1) and goalkeeper Daniel Kuria’s penalty icing worked to create the historic moment.
The result, and the match in general, generated a number of talking points. It raises the issue of Runyenjes’ team preparedness for this level of competition. That the team is one of the best-funded is not in question. They have had remarkable stability in that front. Not even once have they been late in paying any dues. They attend all meetings, pay affiliation, honour all matches and pay referees without fail.
But how good is their technical structure? With 46 players registered, does the team have a remotely definite first eleven? The issue of weather aside, they already lost 0-6 to Triumph at the same ground earlier in the season. Their set-up really needs a deep, honest self-evaluation.
Also of concern is the state of the Runyenjes playing ground. This is the main ground in Runyenjes Sub-County. It is sad that even the slightest of rains makes playing here a nightmare. Over the 2019 festive season, numerous Karemba Tournament games had to be shifted to either Moi Mbiruri or Mufu. This is another issue that demands the attention of not just Runyenjes FC but also other sports stakeholders.
Elsewhere, it was a flood of goals as both Triumph and Kisimani sunk five without response against their opponents of the day. Playing their first home county league match at Mufu, Kisimani started well as they hammered SA Manyatta 5-0. It was a sign of good times in the ground they will be using until ongoing renovations at the Mbuko Arena are complete.
Triumph also recorded a 5-0 win over Gaturi, playing at the Moi Stadium, Embu. The ground is absolutely bushy given the grass has not been trimmed in ages. Still, there is no taking away from Triumph’s exploits.
3K followed on with a 2-1 win over Kirimari. The same result was replicated at Nembure where Shaolin Kigumo beat Rukira and at Karurina where Kairuri edged Juventus. Rungu made a second-half comeback to draw 3-3 with Kaa Ngumu at Kianjokoma grounds.
Sunday’s results are a continued indicator of the flourishing league. Only five points separate first and eighth position after four rounds.
The league rolls on this weekend, with another seven matches on the cards. Yatte return to action after a while of absence as they play Kaa Ngumu in a town derby. Kairuri welcome Kirimari while Rukira return to Nembure to try and stop Ewasco in a 1pm kick off. Kigumo return home after two weeks on the road as they play Rungu at the ‘Shaolin Temple,’ Ciamanda. 3K will be at home against Juventus. Gaturi play Runyenjes in the second match at Nembure. SA Manyatta welcome Triumph at Manyatta while 3K will be out of league action.
See you there!