Now that Jacque Tuyisenge’s departure is settled, coach Hassan Oktay is fighting to keep Francis Kahata in the squad. Oktay has set his sights on a good performance in the 2019-2020 Africa champions league and he believes Kahata is integral to his plans. According to Oktay, Kahata is in a special class of his own.
“I tell you something…Kenya will never see any Kahata in the next ten or 15 years. Kahata is in a class of his own, a gift delivered from God, a pure Gold and a player you cannot find from any shop,” Oktay told Goal in an interview on Tuesday .
Oktay’s pleas were in response to a report that the club has not even made Kahata an offer.
“All the shops to buy a player of Kahata caliber are unfortunately close, none is open because such players are very rare. He is a magician and every player at Gor Mahia loves to play alongside him. Everyone knows what I call him, and they love it in training. He is a gem and a player we should try as hard as possible to keep.
Oktay has taken it upon himself to convince Kahata to stay since it seems the club EC is fast asleep on this issue.
“I spoke to him (Kahata) again on Monday and told him the importance of staying with Gor Mahia. I want him to stay and I will do everything to make sure that he stays. We need his services and will have to fight to keep him around.” Oktay said.
Kahata is indeed one of the best playmakers to don the Kogalo jersey in recent years alongside the likes of Dan Ogada and John Odhiambo “Baresi”. He has been at the heart numerous crucial goals that Kogalo scored this season.
Chairman Rachier for his part appears to be hedging and is not sure he wants to keep Kahata.
“Kahata is a good player, but we will do what benefits both parties. If he wants to stay, we will negotiate and give him a better offer, but if he wants to leave, then we will not force him to stay.” Rachier said to goal.com
Earlier this year, Rachier was furious with Kahata and Philemon Otieno because of the fiasco where the players were pictured sleeping at the airport. Philemon is also rumoured to be leaving as is Shakava and Kipkirui. Newly promoted Wazito FC which is throwing money around, has been mentioned as a potential landing point for some Kogalo players.
Kahata wants to stay but ………..
Francis Kahata told Citizen sport that he would like to stay but will only do so if Kogalo matches the offers he has received from elsewhere.
I love Gor Mahia but as you know football is like a business; they need to do something if they want me to stay next season,” he said. “My contract ends in June and thus if Gor want me to stay then they should offer me a better contract which matches what other competitors want to give me.”
“I have received a lot of offers with Tanzania’s Simba SC among those keen on securing my services, I can’t really reveal other teams but I can confidently say they have contacted me and they want to offer crazy deal. From next month I will be a free agent meaning I can sign with any team I feel like.” he told Citizen Sports.