Ena, the defending champions of the Runyenjes League (Embu East Sub-county) are on it again. Last year’s champions began the new season with a 5-0 thumping of youthful newcomers KIKAKA on Sunday. It might not have been their toughest game of the season, but it showed their focus right from the start.
They were dominant throughout the 90 minutes at Ena, dominating the youngsters in pretty much every department. Their win was by far the largest of the opening day fixtures. It sends out a message that they are in for another thirsty season after going unbeaten last year.
The side had initially shown signs of reluctance to play this season after complications in receiving awards last year. They also may have been demotivated by what they felt was unfair elimination from the mini-league last season. They, however, appear to have put all that behind them and are now ready to make a fresh attempt.
Elsewhere, there were signs of freshness everywhere as the new season began. Karemba Tournament defending champions are back in the league. Despite joining in the last minute, they travelled to Nduuri where they played to a 2-2 draw. Not bad at all.
Kegonge is also back in the league after a long absence. The school side’s maiden trip to Mukuria ended in a 2-0 win, a result they definitely are proud of. Kathunguri lost 3-2 to Irangi while Mwamba also had an impressive 3-0 win over newcomers Karries.
It was a good day for more newcomers, as Box One Kanja also defeated Kinthithe 3-0. Box One is not your newest team though. It has morphed from Kanja FC who had a really strong run last season. Young Stars Kevote, another new side, triumphed 3-1 against veterans Ugweri. The only let-down of the round is that Muganjuki handed a walkover to Lucky Stars.
Full results and week One standings
The league goes into its second round this Sunday. Official fixtures for the round are out Wednesday. The delay has been occasioned by the transition between two federation regimes. Once everything is in place, all teams should be able to receive their season-long fixtures.
Get out and get in on the action. See you on the pitch Sunday, and keep it OneTisa for updates.