Samuel Onyango scored a brace to put Gor Mahia in a pole position of reaching the group stages of CAF Champions League after a 3-1 win against Lobi Stars of Nigeria.
A draw in the return leg, away in Nigeria, will be enough to push the Kenyan champions to the money bracket.
Onyango scored two quick goals late in the first half to add to Jacques Tuyisenge’s early opener and help K’Ogalo keep their unbeaten run in the competition.
K’Ogalo needed just seven minutes to open up the visitors’ defence.
Rwandan striker and goal poacher Tuyisenge returned to the squad for the first time after he limped out in the victory against Nyasa Big Bullets with the opening goal in the seventh minute.
Lobi Stars found themselves two goals down after Onyango doubled the score line in the 21st minute.
It took Lobi Stars 28 minutes to force Boniface Oluoch to a first save but the Nigerian side, still unbowed by an intimidating home crowd, halved the scores from a corner kick through Salad Kadiri.
Gor Mahia, however, did not allow Lobi Stars to celebrate the goal after Onyango restored the lead in the 33rd minute for a 3-1 lead at the half-time break in a game that produced four goals within the first 33minutes.
Onyango beat four Lobi Stars’ defenders before slotting home, a goal that once again gave the record Kenyan champions some renewed hopes that they can better their 2018 record when they exited the competition at the group stages.
A tactical Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay pulled out a striker for a midfielder when he brought on board Kenneth Muguna for Tuyisenge as he cut Lobi Stars’ ball supply up front.
Gor Mahia held on to force a vital victory at home ahead of the return leg.