Ten-man Gor Mahia held off a late Motema Pembe comeback to salvage a one-all draw in their CAF Confederations cup playoff match played on Sunday at the Kasarani stadium.
Gor Mahia, who were looking for a win going into the second leg set to be played next Sunday, were first to find the back of the net in the 62nd minute.
Their lead only lasted 8 minutes as the visitors silenced the crowd at the Kasarani stadium with an away goal.
Things got even worse for the Kenyan giants who were reduced to ten men when Charles Momanyi saw red in the 78th minute for committing a foul in the box, handing the visitors a penalty.
Vinny Bongonga missed the spot-kick with ten minutes left on the clock and the hosts held on for a one-all draw.
Kogalo now have a week to get their tactics right before facing a daunting task of searching for a win away to DRC next Sunday.
The winner of the two-legged tie will book a ticket to the group stages of the continental tournament.
Bandari FC needs a 2-0 win over Horoya AC this weekend in order to qualify for the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup after going down 4-2 last night in Conakry, Guinea.
Striker Aristide Bance gave Horoya AC the lead then Dramane Nikiema doubled the lead.
However, Bandari pulled one back through Hassan Abdallah in the 34th minute then Wadri levelled matters at the stroke of halftime.
The home side stepped up their efforts after the break and Bance added two goals to complete his hat trick.
The return leg game will be staged this Sunday in Nairobi with the winner qualifying for the group stage
Meanwhile, in the Kenya Premier League, AFC Leopards moved up to the second position on the table after beating Sofapaka FC 2-1 in Narok.
Leopards, who began the match in 6th position on the table, netted two first-half goals to take a commanding lead in the match as they sealed maximum points for their 4th win of the season.
Sofapaka scored a consolation in the second half but could not find a leveller.
The loss was Sofapaka’s 4th in seven matches, and they remain 12th on the table with just seven points.
Gor Mahia are still sitting at the top of the table with 15 points, one above Leopards who have a better goal difference than 3rd placed KCB who also have 14 points.
In the first match played at the same venue, Posta Rangers played out to a goalless draw with Wazito.
The share of spoils left Rangers in 8th position with 10 points while Wazito are 13th on seven points.