Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia predictably trumped fancied but underachieving Wazito by a solitary goal at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on an afternoon that wanting officiating was in plenty of display.
The eighteen-time league champions scored twice through Charles Momanyi and Lawrence Juma but the latter’s goal was not credited by the referee thus unfairly leaving Gor Mahia with just one goal.
K’Ogalo, purely composed of local talent in Machakos, were not at their swashbuckling best as they faced an opponent that had spent the better part of this season goading and spoiling for a fight.
Nonetheless, K’Ogalo still showed too much class as they picked their 10th victory of the season without much ado and maintained their league lead.
Substitute Clifton Miheso won a free kick at a distance comfortable enough for skipper Kenneth Muguna to work his magic. Miheso had barely played for five minutes when Brian Musa barged on him from behind leading to the free kick.
Muguna then stepped up and expertly delivered into the crowded box a crisp and precise ball that found Momanyi’s probing head. The center back took his chance with ferocity, thumping the ball into the back of the net past an erstwhile impressive Kelvin Omondi.
The goalkeeper had denied Momanyi in the first half when the lanky Gor Mahia defender connected with one of Muguna’s corner kicks. This time there was no denying him and the defender deservedly atoned for his first half miss just past the hour mark.
Coach Steven Polack then made his last two changes, introducing youngster Lloyd Kavuchi in place of off color Boniface Omondi and Kennedy Otieno for a tiring Dennis Oalo. Miheso had taken up the first substitution when he replaced Samuel Onyango.
Wazito made changes of their own, introducing among others former Gor Mahia midfielder Ali Abondo in search for a leveler. Their endeavors came close as Joe Waithira struck the upright with a long volley that had beaten Boniface Oluoch.
K’Ogalo then consolidated and should have Momanyi should have scored again when another of Muguna’s deliveries squirmed between Wazito custodian’s hands leaving the defender with an empty net. Momanyi however, skied the ball when a simple tap would suffice and failed to punish Wazito for Omondi’s blooper.