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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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