Gor Mahia's hopes of making it to CAF Confederations Cup Group Stages were given a reality check after losing 1-0 at home to Zambian side Napsa Stars at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The match seemed to be headed for a scoreless draw, only for Daniel Odaka to score with four minutes to go and boost their hopes of making it into the group stages.
The Kenyan champions were looking to make a good start in the continental second-tier league after they were relegated from the Champions League by Algerian side CR Belouizdad.
At the Nyayo Stadium, chances were far and wide, even though the hosts enjoyed possession for long periods.
The visitors had a good chance to grab the opener early on, but Mavugo opted to pass when it could have been easier to go for goal.
Luka Banda and Jacob Ngulube also got chances, but could not beat the Bonface Oluoch in goal.
Gor also had chances, with Clifton Miheso Philemon Otieno, and Nicolas Kipkirui all coming close on different occasions.
The loss means Gor will have a mountain to climb when they visit Zambia for the second leg, which is set for February 21.