Champions Gor Mahia were on Sunday held to a goalless draw in the first leg match against Ushuru at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Despite pressing hard for a winner, Gor Mahia will regret losing a penalty in the 52nd minute via former AFC Leopards striker Jacob Keli, who could not beat Shaban Odhoji in the post.
K’Ogalo started the match well and could have gone ahead after just five minutes, however, Odhoji did well to save a deflected shot from a Karim Nizigiyimana low cross, with Francis Kahata unable top convert the rebound.
It could have turned out to be a costly miss for the defending champions but Aziz Okaka wasted a great chance less than a minute later.
Keli could have given his team a deserved lead in the 36th minute, but his effort came off the bar and to safety, with visitors coach Ken Kenyatta furious with his defenders, who were not alert to the danger.
In the second half, K’Ogalo continued to push for a goal and their pressure was rewarded in the 50th minute when Roy Okal was adjudged to have fouled Keli in the danger zone, only for the latter to fail from the spot as the custodian guessed right to put the ball to safety.
Efforts by the fifteen time champions to find a winner were fruitless as Ushuru held on to bag an important point. Gor Mahia have eleven points and maintain their eighth position while Ushuru are 12th with nine points after the same number of matches.