Two first half goals from Meddie Kagere and George Odhiambo and a close ranger header from Timothy Otieno gave Kogalo a 3-0 lead. It represents the largest score by which Gor Mahia have beaten AFC since they thrashed them 5-1 in 1975.
All three goals were well constructed. The first one resulted when Timothy Otieno latched onto a long pass and lifted the ball above AFC goalkeeper Ian Otieno in the AFC goal, to make it easy for Meddie Kagere to score the opener in the 18th minute.
The second goal resulted from a precise defence splitting pass from Kenneth Muguna which found Blackberry who had beaten the Ingwe offside trap. Finding himself one on one with Ian Otieno, Blackberry calmly chipped the ball over the hapless goalkeeper for the second goal as Gor Mahia raced to a 2-0 half time lead.
The third goal came in the 83rd minute. From a counter attack, Kenneth Muguna raced towards the AFC goal but he was cynically fouled. The resulting free-kick was taken by Geoffrey Walusimbi who flighted a well driven ball towards the AFC goal. Kagere cleverly backheeled the ball but it hit the cross bar leaving Ian Otieno well beaten. AFC defenders inexplicably stood still leaving Timothy Otieno wide open. Timothy could not believe his lack but he calmly headed the ball into the net.
All in all Gor Mahia were the better side. Boniface Oluoch was steady in goal albeit he had some moments of overconfidence when handling backpasses that left fans holding their breath.
The defence of Karim Nizigiyimana, Wellington Ochieng, Harun Shakava and Musa Mohamed completely bottled the much vaunted Ingwe attack of Gilbert Fiamenyo, Paul Kiongera and Allan Kataregga, leaving them ineffective.
In Midfield, Wendo proved effective, disrupting AFC moves and silencing those who have been demanding the return of Gattuso. While Walusimbi, Kahata and Muguna linked up really well with the attack of Timothy Otieno, Blackberry and Kagere.
It was an important result for Kogalo as AFC are one of the teams breathing down their neck. The result leave Gor Mahia in second place, still two points behind leaders Posta Rangers.
For Ze Maria it gives him some much needed breathing space especially after he had been threatened by a club official that if he lost this game, he would be out of a job.