Gor Mahia remained unbeaten in Kenyan Premier League after edging out Wazito FC 1-0 on Wednesday.
Coach Dylan Kerr made several changes to the side, bringing in the so called fringe players to take the positions of the 'regular' ones, who were rested after their match against SuperSport United in the Caf Confederation Cup.
In the first five minutes or so, the two sides tried to outdo each other especially in the midfield, but no clear opportunities were created.
It was the champions, who settled fast, and almost made it count in the 8th minute. A perfect move was initiated from the back that involved six players, but Samuel Onyango failed to beat the goalkeeper.
That could have been a costly miss for the Green Army, as Patience Lukige was fed the ball just outside the 18-yard area, but his volley was collected by Shaban Odhoji.
After a quarter an hour, it was K’Ogalo , who were on it again, this time round receiving the ball from Cercidy Okeyo. But his shot turn cross failed to find the waiting Ephraim Guikan.
Wazito gave as much as they received, creating their own chances as well, and in the 21st minute they could have gone ahead. Striker Piston Mutamba did well to find his way into the danger zone, but his shot found the waiting Odhoji.
With thirty minutes gone, the lively Onyango danced his way past three Wazito players, before crossing the ball to the waiting Guikan whose effort went over the cross bar for a goal-kick.
The hosts could have gone ahead in the 45th minute; a long ball found Kagere in the danger zone, but his well timed effort hit the post to safety. Odhiambo Philip was called to action in the 55th minute once again, this time round stopping a cross from the right, but failed to put the ball to safety and had the defenders to thank.
He was at it again in the 57th minute, this time round denying Samuel Onyango. In the 62nd minute, substitute Ibrahim Mao rushed onto a well back-heeled pass by Mutamba, but the shot did not trouble Odhoji in goal.
Gor Mahia finally hit the back of the net courtesy of substitute Jacques Tuyisenge. K’Ogalo won a free-kick that was taken by Humphrey Mieno, and the striker nodded it past the goalkeeper to hand his team maximum points.
The result means the defending champions have won seven matches and drawn just one in the eight league matches.
Gor Mahia XI : Shaban Odhoji, Joachim Oluoch, Humphrey Mieno, Charles Momanyi, Samuel Onyango, Cercidy Okeyo, Kevin Omondi, Benard Ondieki, Ephrem Guikan, Lawrence Juma and Meddie Kagere.
Reserves : Fredrick Odhiambo, Asudi Raphael, Innocent Wafula, Haron Shakava, Bonface Omondi, Jaques Tuyisenge and Lokuwam Eliud.