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Wins for 3K, Man U as new Embu County League season kicks off

Shaolin team line-up
Shaolin's starting XI in 2019 ECL opener vs Kisimani

Old guns 3K and Man U got off to a perfect start as the new Embu County League (ECL) season kicked off Sunday. The two sides collected maimum points at home as they welccomed newcomers Green Everton and Gaturi respectively.

3K fell behind to Bonnie Kithinji’s Green Everton at their Kagumori homeground. They, however, showed grit and character as they fought back to win it 3-1.

Consistent United

Manchester United, runners up in the last season, eased to a comfortable 3-0 win over returnees Gaturi. The match at Kairuri stadium showed once again why the homegrown side is becoming a force to reckon with in the county.

Runyenjes were unlucky as they lost their opener at home. The town-based side fell 2-1 to fellow newcomers Karurina in a tight affair at Runyenjes DO’s stadium.

Derby opener

Elsewhere, Kisimani and Shaolin Soccer shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Kaathari grounds. The sides that finished the Runyenjes District League on a joint 45 points kicked off their seasons with a derby match.

It was largely a back and forth affair; both teams wasting chances to go ahead early on. The match was still barren at the break, something that will have greatly pleased the home side. In a set up where the quality of pitches is highly wanting, Kisimani were always going to enjoy the second half.

Home dominance

They had the advantage of gradient and the setting sun in the second half and they took it fully. Their efforts paid off 24 minutes after the restart when Mughobai Kanjogu pounced on a ball spilled by the Shaolin keeper to fire home. The moment of glory sent the home crowd into a frenzy.

Kisimani went on to enjoy good moments in the game but Shaolin kept up the hunt for an equalizer. Their persistence paid off at the death when James Kibull was brought down in the area. Eliud Mugambi stepped up to coolly slot the resulting penalty and literally bring the game to an end.

In Swaleh’s honor

Match venues across the county observed a moment of silence in honor of the late Hussein Swaleh. The Lower Eastern Branch chairman perished in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed en route to Nairobi last week.

Teams lining up to observe moment of silence
Kisimani vs Shaolin Soccer match observed a moment of silence in honour of Hussein Swaleh

What next?

The first round of play leaves Man U at the top of the log. It sets the stage for an exciting season as teams hunt for 2019 glory. Town sides Kaa Ngumu and FC Inter Dunga will get in on the action next Sunday.

The two were out of action this weekend as they were involved in the Collo Super Cup. Kaa Ngumu showed intent to rule Embu town as they left it late to edge Dunga 1-0 in the tournament final.

The Sacco side will entertain another town side, Yatte in Sunday’s opener. Dunga will, meanwhile, be travelling to Gaturi. Runyenjes will be at home again, welcoming Mbeere-South side Kangami. Green Everton have another tricky tie as they welcome Manchester. Shaolin play their first home game against 3K.

Where will you be catching the action from? See you there!



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