Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia have started the Cecafa Kagame Cup on a high after edging AS Maniema Union of Democratic Republic of Congo 2-1 in Rwanda.
Head coach Hassan Oktay handed Tobias Otieno, Dennis Oalo and winger Dickson Ambundo their debuts.
Otieno started the match but Oalo and Ambundo had to wait until the second-half to make an appearance, replacing Samuel Onyango and Boniface Omondi, respectively.
Jacques Tuyisenge, who is set to join Angola's side Petro Atletico, was also in the stands to cheer his former side.
Defender Wellington Ochieng scored Gor Mahia's opening goal in the 22nd minute, after his low drive beat AS Maniema custodian Jean Mac Bukasa.
Nicholas Kipkrui missed two glorious opportunities for Gor Mahia in the first-half, which would have seen the Kenyan side go into the break with a healthy lead
Boniface Omondi doubled the Green Army's advantage in the 52nd minute, and even though Jeremiah Likwela scored a 82nd minute penalty to reduce the deficit, Oktay's charges stood firm and hung on for the win.
Gor Mahia starting XI: Boniface Oluoch (GK), Haron Shakava, Wellington Ochieng', Geoffrey Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Tobias Otieno, Samuel Onyango, Lawrence Juma, Nicholas Kipkirui, Kenneth Muguna, Boniface Omondi
Subs: Robert Mapigano (GK), Joakim Oluoch, Hashim Sempala, Eliud Lokuwam, Eric Ombija, Dickson Ambundo, Dennis Oalo, Ronack Elvis.