Embu Water reach WASCO Games quarters
Published on: August 21, 2019 05:50 (EAT)
Embu Water Company football team became the first side to qualify for the quarter-finals of the National Water Companies Sports Organization (WASCO) Games after thumping Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) 9-0 at the Moi Stadium in Embu on Wednesday. Leading 5-0 at half time, Nicodemus Omasete charges scored through Dennis Mwiathi and Victor Gitonga who both registered hat-tricks while Erick Kivuti scored a brace with Eric Munene adding the ninth goal. The host won their opening match on Tuesday after defeating Kiambu Water Company 2-0 to top their Pool D with six points sealing the quarter-final slot. Embu having already won against Kiambu started the match with confident with Simon Njue and Victor Gitonga playing short passes to each other to allow Eric Munene to open their opponent’s defense scoring the opener in the eighth minute assisted by Njue. With Embu having the most possession, Victor Gitonga got a through pass from Skipper Stanley Irungu sending KEWI’s goalkeeper Ernest Ouma the wrong side of the goal post to add the second in the 28th minute. Two minutes later Gitonga scored his brace and Embu’s third after he connected a corner from right-back Eric Munene. Exhausted KEWI had little to offer in the match and their poor defending allowed Eric Kivuti to register his name on the score sheet to make it four goals for Embu. At the stroke of half-time, Gitonga scored his hattrick after KEWI’d defense thought that they had played an offside trap only for the linesman to keep the flag down allowing the striker to place the ball to the furthest right corner to make it 5-0 at halftime. After scoring a goal in yesterday’s match winger Dennis Mwiathi came back fully charged in the second half scoring his first and Emnu’s sixth goal in the 49th minute after connecting Victor Nyaga long-range cross. It just took him five minutes to score his brace after Simon Njue played a cut back sending KEWI’s defense the wrong side together with the goalkeeper leaving Mwiathi with an open net to score Embu’s seventh goal. In the 78th minutes, Mwiathi found himself once again one on one with keeper Ouma tapping it to make it 8-0. With KEWI hopeless in the last ten minutes, Erick Kivuti capitalized a corner brought in by Njue to score a header leaving the match to end 9-0 at fulltime. Exited Embu head coach Nicodemus Omesete now Shifts focus to the quarter-finals where they will either face defending champions Nairobi Water Company or Kakamega Water Company who face off in Pool B match decider at the Embu University ground this evening.