Rachier contradicts Kahata

Chairman Ambrose Rachier has said that the club wanted Kahata to stay and made an offer.

“Kahata’s situation was like Meddie Kagere’s; he had run out of contract with us and neither of the two parties had an obligation to extend it. However, we wanted him to stay and we had an offer for him. Simba SC took the advantage and gave him a better package which we could not match.”  he told goal.com

“Like most players, Kahata chose to leave and we could not stop him because his contract with us had expired. He is a good player; we could have wanted him to stay but we could not offer him what Simba was offering.” continued Rachier.

Rachier had earliest stated in an interview with Citizen Sport that the club never asks players to stay. If a player is interested in extending his stay at Gor Mahia, its up to the player to approach club management on the issue.

This is a contrast to how most other top clubs are run. Most clubs never let a key player’s contract run out. They always make an offer to extend it several months before it ends. This way when the player leaves, the club can gain from transfer fees. At Gor Mahia, many top players leave with the club making no transfer fees.

Kahata: No one approached me for contract extension.

In a separate interview with goal.com on July 6, Kahata stated that no one at the club ever approached him to extend his contract.

“My contract with Gor Mahia had expired and as usual, the officials at the club could have approached me over an extension. However, none did that; I waited but it was all in vain,” said Kahata.

“On the other hand, Simba have been following me and showed they wanted me in their team, so I had to make a decision.

“Leaving Gor was not an option for me, but I was forced to do that because I felt my services were no longer needed.

“The decision to join Simba was football related, if I could have received an offer from Gor Mahia, I could have stayed.” he concluded to goal.com

Kahata in action as Kenya beat Tanzania 3-2

The duo of Olunga and Ouma were key when Gor Mahia won the league unbeaten in 2015

Midfield ace Francis Kahata was the only Gor Mahia player in action on Thursday as Kenya twice came from behind to beat Tanzania 3-2 in a thrilling / nerve wracking encounter. Philemon Otieno did not play and Joash Onyango is still injured.

In what is now known as the majiarani derby, there were however a significant number of former Gor Mahia players including David Owino Calabar who played in place of Philemon. Eric Ouma who played in midfield and Michael Olunga who scored a brace. And Musa Mohamed who had another quiet game.

Tanzania took the lead against the run of play. From a lightning quick counter attack, Mbwana Samatta found himself wide open on the left flank. Of all the players to leave wide open, this ought to have been the last one since he has an impressive goal-scoring record for TP Mazembe and now plays in the Belgian top tier. But Calabar was nowehere to be seen and neither was any other defender. Sammatta’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Matasi right into the path of Msuva who duly netted.

Kenya battled back gamely. The equalizer came via Michael Olunga who scored with a spectacular scissors kick from a goalmouth melee. Kenya had barely finished celebrating when Samatta found himself wide open again on the left flank. This time he made a clever run and latched onto a through pass, leaving Calabar in his wake. His first attempt was stopped. But he made good on his second attempt. Tanzania went into half time leading 2-1.

Kahata had a quiet game but he did not put a foot wrong and was precise with his passes. But he was replaced by John Avire before halftime as coach Migne who made a tactical change as he looked for urgency. To sharpen the attack, coach Migne also replaced Abud Omar. And John Avire of Sofapaka. impressed with his work rate.

Kenya once again battled back. From a set play, Belgium based Johana Omollo, a product of Ofafa Jericho high school, sneaked behind the Tanzania defence to head the ball home.

Kenya then appeared to take their foot off the accelerator. To add some urgency, coach Migne brought on Eric Omondi Johana. He did not have an impressive game. But his one moment of brilliance created the third goal. His mazy run down the right flank ended with a pass to Olunga who turned around and scored with a low drive past the outstretched Tanzania goalkeeper.

Joseph Okumu was once again Kenya’s most impressive defender. Omollo was solid and did not put a foot wrong. Wanyama was okay but had far too many errant passes. Often he tried to make decisive passes into the box when more patience was called for. He had a fine header saved by the goalkeeper in the second half.

Masika once again looked very lively on the flanks. However he wasted a lot of runs by giving the ball away. On the opposite flank, Ouma Santos impressed with his industry. He almost scored with a volley from close range in the 14th minute but was denied by the keeper.

Tanzania were coached by former Nigeria winger Emmanuel Ammunike who featured against Gor Mahia in a 1994 CAF cup match while playing for Zamalek. On that day he was being tightly marked by Tobias Ocholla and his frustrations led him to lash out with a vicious elbow to Ocholla’s forehead. That match ended 1-1 at Nyayo stadium.

Ochola who was known as “Jua Kali” for his tight marking, should give Calabar tips. I can’t tell you how many times I saw Samatta open on that flank. Do that against Senegal and Sadio Mane will bury Kenya.

Stars now play Senegal in the final group game, hoping for draw that will propel them to the next stage.

Philemon and Kahata in action as Kenya sink to Algeria

Kenya has participated in the Africa cup of nations five previous times. And each time they have lost the opening game, often in convincing fashion. The 2019 addition of AFCON was no different as Kenya was floored by two first half goals.

Philemon Otieno and Francis Kahata were in the starting line-up. Central defender Joash Onyango was sidelined with an injury. Former Gor Mahia players Michael Olunga, Musa Mohamed and Eric Ouma also saw action.

First a penalty slotted home by Qatari league top scorer Baghdad Bounedjah in the 37th minute. Then Manchester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez scored from a cross in the 42nd minute. And it looked like Kenya was in trouble.

Kenya’s defence was at sixes and sevens in the first half. They had acute difficulty dealing with the long balls followed by diagonal runs that the Algerian side utilized. Often the diagonal ball left the attacker wide open with no defender in site, only for the Algerian attacker to miscue his first touch.

Kenya clearly suffered stage fright in the first half and if not for some timely tackles from Musa Mohamed, Philemon, Okumu and Abud Omar, matters would have been worse. They would have perhaps benefited from playing a team that has a similar style to Algeria and in front of a hostile crowd.

Francis Kahata had an off day. Whereas he is very good on the ball, his inability to shore up the defense left a huge gap on the left flank which Algeria exploited resulting in the penalty. To shore up the left flank, coach Sebastian Migne replaced Kahata with Eric Ouma Marcelo.

Algeria also applied the tactic of running at Kenyan defenders then tumbling at the slightest touch. Kenyans did not help themselves as they fell into this trap with a series of rash challenges. One such rash challenge resulted in a yellow card for Philemon Otieno. The second rash challenge from Dennis Odhiambo resulted in the penalty. Why Odhiambo would engage in a sliding tackle inside the box, knowing that the Algerians were falling at the slightest touch left many fans befuddled. Some wondered aloud why former Gor Mahia midfield ace Anthony Akumu was left out. Matters were not helped by the fact that Wanyama does not shore up the defensive midfield position as he once did.

Kenya’s performance in the second half was much better. Ouma not only solidified the left flank, he also made numerous forays upfront. The introduction of Johana Omollo created better coordination in midfield and Harambee stars were better able to keep the ball.

Still Michael Olunga never had a shot on goal. He was completely starved of the ball. Often Harambee stars tried to find him with a long ball. But he was often isolated with no team-mate in site to receive a head on pass.

Line-Up

Patrick Matasi, 20. Philemon Otieno, 3. Abud Omar, 2. Joseph Okumu, 5. Musa Mohamed, 21. Dennis Odhiambo, 12. Victor Wanyama, 11. Francis Kahata, 7. Ayub Timbe, 10. Eric Johanna, 14. Michael Olunga

Substitutes

Faruk Shikalo, 23. John Oyemba, 13. Eric Ouma, 15. David Owino, 6. Bernard Ochieng, 17. Ismael Gonzalez, 19. Ovella Ochieng, 8. Johanna Omollo, 16. Paul Were, 9. John Avire, 22. Masud Juma

Kahata wishes Gor Mahia well as he departs

Midfield ace Francis Kahata, who has received numerous offers, most notably from Simba of Tanzania has finally confirmed his imminent departure from Kogalo. Kahata is thankful to the club.

“I believe I have done my job well here at the club together with my teammates. Gor has been like my second home since leaving Thika and I believe that I have given them my best in all those years,”  he said to Nairobi news.

Kahata is confident that the club will continue to thrive.

“I still believe that it is a good team with good players and they are capable of retaining the title in the new season as well and doing well in the Caf competitions,” he continued.

Kahata joined Kogalo in 2015 and has remained among the most consistent players. His play-making skills and his passing skills are the best this club has seen since the club’s revival in 2009.

There have been other midfielders who were better in other aspects such as work rate. But his play-making skills are unparalleled in this era.

Prior to joining Kogalo, Kahata was most synonimous with Thika United where he started his career while in primary school along with Peter Opiyo “Pinchez” in the Thika Youth System. He also had a loan spell in South Africa before proceeding to FC Tirana in 2014 where he played for two seasons.

Kahata has not made a decision on his next destination. At present he is focused on the Africa Nations cup which is kicking off next week and where he is certain to be in the starting line-up.

“It is such an honor being in this squad because there are so many players who were competing. Focus now for me is to do well for the team. It is prestigious being in the AFCON for the first time in 15 years and as a team, we will go out there to do our best,” Kahata said to Capital FM.

Philemon, Kahata in action as Kenya beats Madagascar

Gor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno was once again deployed at full back while Francis Kahata was in midfield on Friday in Paris as Kenya beat Madagascar 1-0. Former Kogalo captain Musa Mohamed also started in central defence.

A number of former Kogalo players started on the bench including. Joash Onyango, David Owino, Eric Ouma, Anthony Akumu. The match was played at Stade Robert Boban.

The goal came in the 64th minute when captain Victor Wanyama converted from the spot.

Madagascar were the better side in the first half and had the first good attempt at goal: Andriamatsino Charles, saw his shot came off the bar in the 22nd minute.

Madagascar should have opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when goalkeeper Patrick Matasi conceded a penalty after fouling Martin Tsilavina . Matasi redeemed himself by saving the penalty from Andriamatsino .

In the second galf, coach Migne decided to rest Musa Mohammed for Joseph Okumu, while Michael Olunga and Eric Ouma came on John Avire and Eric Johannah, respectively.

Madagascar are making their first appearance at AFCON. Kenya has been there 5 times (1972, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2004).

Starting XI

18. Patrick Matasi (GK), 20. Philemon Otieno, 3. Abud Omar, 5. Brian Mandela, 2. Musa Mohammed, 12. Victor Wanyama, 21. Dennis Odhiambo, 10. Erick Johanna, 7. Ayub Timbe, 11. Francis Kahata and 9. John Avire.

Oktay says Kahata is peerless, incomparable

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.

Kahata and Tuyisenge may soon be departing

USM Alger are actively courting midfielder Francis Kahata. A source has told goal.com that Kahata could fetch Ksh 8 million.

“The Algerian club is willing to pay Sh8m if both parties agree for the player to switch clubs.” said the source.

Kahata has been a subject of transfer rumours ranging from Simba of Tanzania to Black Leopards of South Africa and now USM Alger.

Tuyisenge for his part is being sought by TP Mazembe of DRC and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa according to his agent Jean Karekezi.

“I think he (Tuyisenge) has outgrown playing in KPL right now. He’s the best striker in Kenya currently and he should move to another league to prove that he’s among the top players in the continent.

“We already have two offers in South Africa and Congo and we will have to settle for one, possibly by the end of next week. If big teams like TP Mazembe and Sundowns want you, you have got to listen to them.” said Karekezi.

 

Gor Mahia willing to sell Kahata and Mbish says official


Gor Mahia official Ronald Ngala has told goal.com, that the club is willing to sell Francis Kahata and Philemon Otieno to Black Leopards of South Africa.
In addition, reports suggest that Karim Nizigiyimana is looking for greener pastures after expressing dissatisfaction with the deal the club offered him. With Karim and Mbish leaving, there would be a gaping hole at right back.

Additional reporting from goal.com
K’Ogalo are currently preparing to face Nyasa Big Bullets in the Caf Champions League preliminary round first leg tie on Nov.28
Gor Mahia players Philemon Otieno and Francis Kahata have been subject of transfer speculation of late.

Goal exclusively reported on Monday that the players are in the shopping list of former coach Dylan Kerr, who joined South African Premier League side the Black Leopards.

When reached for comment about the possibility of Gor Mahia selling the two, Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala said the club will not stand on the way of any player, who wants to leave, if the right channel is followed.

“We are in business and if we get a good offer, we’ll definitely consider it. Our policy is known; we cannot stop any player from leaving if the right procedures are followed, refusing to give a release letter will not benefit the involved parties, everything should be discussed and in the end, an amicable solution reached.

“Kahata is contracted to us until June next year while Otieno is contracted to us up to 2020. So if Black Leopards are interested to sign the two players, they should follow the due process in regards to transfers,” Ngala told Goal.com.

Gor Mahia will face Malawi giants Nyasa Big Bullets in the first leg of the Caf Champions League on November 28 before the return leg on December 5.

Kahata on target as Kenya edge Malawi

The Kenyan national team Harambee stars beat their Malawian counterparts (Flames) 1-0 in a friendly match at Kasarani on Tuesday.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Francis Kahata tapped home from close range in the 78th minute as Harambee Stars made it two wins in a row edging Malawi 1-0 in an international friendly match at the Kasarani stadium on Tuesday.

This is the first victory for Stars against Malawi since September 2004 when Kenya saw off the Flames 3-2 at the same venue.

The two sides had battled to a goalless draw in a friendly match in April last year. Overall, Kenya has now won eleven times against Malawi in 51 meetings.

Stars had been subdued by a dominant Malawi side until Erick Ouma, who replaced Vasalund teammate Ovella Ochieng at the restart, initiated an attacking move with Abud Omar before delivering a perfect cross that Kahata tapped home past Malawi custodian Brighton Munthali.

The former Gor Mahia youngster had missed the target by a whisker in the 68th minute with his header from Joakins Atudo’s cross flying inches wide.

“I know his qualities, I didn’t wait for today to see what he can do for the team, he was one of the best players for us in India,” Kenya coach Sebastian Migne sang Ouma’s praises in his post-match comments.

His counterpart Ron Van Geneugden praised his boys despite the defeat.

TACTICAL CHANGES

“I think the game was even in the first half but Kenya made changes in the second half to be more offensive and that won them the game but towards the end I thought we deserved a penalty,” said the Malawi coach who has won only two of 17 matches since taking charge of the Flames.

Kenya coach Sebastian Migne made two changes to the team that edged Ghana 1-0 last Saturday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier two days ago starting Joackins Atudo and Jesse Were in place of injured duo of Philemon Otieno and Michael Olunga.

Zambia based Were was however a last minute change after Olunga was ruled out minutes to the game.

The Flames, who fell 3-0 away to Morocco in a Group “B” qualifier, got the ball rolling and were the first to test Patrick Matasi in Kenya goal.

Musa Mohammed, captaining the side in the absence of Victor Wanyama and David “Calabar” Owino, fouled Richard Mbulu outside 18 but Gerald Phiri’s resultant free kick went wide on the eighth minute.

In the 14th minute, Dennis Odhiambo headed off target Francis Kahata’s corner kick after Mzava Limbikani had deflected Ovella Ochieng’s cross from the right flank.

The Kenyans donning their red home kit struggled to penetrate the Flames’ backline led by skipper Limbikani and John Lanjesi.

John Banda beat Abud Omar with pace on the left flank to float in a pin-point cross that Phiri attempted to connect home but he was denied by an alert Matasi who got his fingertips to the ball before Stars hacked the ball to safety.

Migne did a double change at the start of the second half resting Jesse Were for Sofapaka’s Pistone Mutamba and Ovella for Ouma with Malawi coach Ron Van Geneurden pulling out Richard Mbulu for Msowoya Chiukepo in the 54th minute.

Memory Lane
Malawi has always been a difficult team for Kenya to beat.

One memorable encounter was the qualifier for the 1990 Africa cup of Nations. After settling for a settling for a scoreless draw during the first leg in Nairobi, Harambee stars players led by captain Austin Oduor went on strike and refused to train citing unpaid allowances.

The issue was settled and travel arrangements hastily made. The Stars arrived in Lilongwe only a day before the return leg. However they ended beating Malawi 3-2 in front of their own fans with Gor Mahia ace Anthony Odhiambo Ndolo scoring twice.

Kerr: Fatigue and off the field issues affecting the team

Coach Dylan Kerr was an unhappy man after Gor Mahia gave a up a 2-0 lead and ended up drawing 2-2 with Rayon Sports of Rwanda. So unhappy that he skipped the post match interview.

“I’m not happy at all.That is not Gor Mahia. My players are fatigued and there are a lot of off-pitch issues affecting them. They are worried of how they are going to get paid..”There is a lot of pressure on Francis Kahata because Simba are talking to my player and that may be affecting him. It affects other players as well because Francis is a good player ,”he said, to Citizen Sports.

Kerr was furious with Simba for tapping his player (Kagere), who left on free transfer.

What is also difficult to explain is how a club that has a sponsor, that received Ksh 3 million for winning the Sportpesa Supercup and Ksh 27 million from CAF is having difficulty paying players.

As for fatigue, K”Ogalo should have skipped the CECAFA club cup. Gor Mahia should have considered sigining more players during the June transfer season especially to replace injured players. And Kerr should rest some of his key players.

Kerr went on to say that the saga with the substandard hotel affected his players

“Technically I thought we played some good football though we were tired. The accommodation we stayed in wasn’t good.We got locked in the car park for 3 hrs because they wanted charges for the day we stayed.The players have got those things in their head…that wasn’t my team today but I like the energy and the effort.” he concluded.

Kerr posted his frustration on social media

 

Gor Mahia places price tag on Kahata

Gor Mahia are willing to part with playmaker Francis Kahata for ksh 150 million.

“We are ready to allow Kahata move because as a club policy we don’t stand in a players’ way when he wants to move for greener pastures. However, let it be known that we can only negotiate with a team that is ready to pay Sh150m.” said a club source to goal.com

Simba of Tanzania tabled a bid of Ksh 9.8 million. It is said that Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars of South Africa are also pursuing Kahata. Former Gor Mahia ace Ali Abondo is currently at Celtic.