The Embu County League is set to return for a new season this weekend with fixtures released Friday. 13 teams will toss themselves in the action of the competition that lies in the fifth tier of the country’s football hierarchy.
Old guns 3K FC, Man United, FC Inter Dunga Dunga, Yatte, and Kangami will be welcoming returnees Runyenjes and Gaturi and newcomers Kaa Ngumu Sacco, Shaolin Soccer, Kisimani, Kiangima, Juventus and Green Everton.
Four matches are slotted for the first game day, Sunday, March 17. 3K open their campaign at their Kagumori home ground where they welcome Green Everton. Elsewhere, Runyenjes will be hosting Juventus at the Embu East sub-county headquarters. Manchester entertains Gaturi at Kairuri.
Newly promoted Kisimani and Shaolin soccer will start their season in a derby match at Kaathari grounds. These two teams finished in position one and two of the concluded Runyenjes District League respectively, with each side collecting
Embu County League Match Day One Fixtures
3K vs Everton – Kagumori Primary
Runyenjes vs Juventus – Runyenjes Stadium
Kisimani vs Shaolin Soccer – Kaathari Primary
Manchester United vs Gaturi FC –
There has been a notable change in the team list this season. Triumph FC climbed to the higher Division 2. Muchonoke FC is absent from the league list. Black Cats has dropped to the district league as they look to bring through a generation of new talent. Most of Black Cat’s senior players have moved to Inter Dunga, a town side with which they share a close relationship.
The league begins at a time when a dark cloud is yet to clear in the Embu football community following the death of Chairman Hussein Swaleh in a plane crash. Swaleh was in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane on his way from match commissioner duties in Egypt. CAF officials visited the country in midweek in his honor as identification and burial plans continue.
The league season will come to a close around the July. This is line with the country’s transition to an August-May season.