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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.

 

Kahata renews contract as Kogalo take on Ulinzi

Kahata after striking a free-kick against Western Stima in 2016


Midfield ace Francis Kahata, whose stay at Gor Mahia has been in doubt, has penned a new two year contract according to goal.com

“Francis Kahata as agreed to pen a two year deal and will be part of Gor Mahia family for the next two seasons. KPL It was one of the transfers that we wanted sorted out as quickly as possible and focus our energy on upcoming matches.” said club CEO Ludovick Aduda to goal.com

Kahata’s stay at Kogalo has been in doubt with various reports suggesting that he has not been happy with his role as a substitute and was seeking a move.

Meanwhile Gor Mahia will be looking to right the ship and put their title chase back on track as they take on Ulinzi Stars at Moi stadium Kisumu on Sunday July 2.

Kogalo dropped to second place after losing to Sofapaka 2 weeks ago. Coach Zedekiah Otieno will be keen to right the ship and gain the confidence of fans.

Ze Maria and Baraza react to Saturday’s match


Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria was more relieved than elated as he addressed the media after Saturday’s 3-1 win over Chemelil Sugar at Nyayo Stadium.

“I’m happy with the result because that’s our spirit; the champion’ spirit. We have to think like this is Gor Mahia, we have to try to win all the time. All my players played well today (Saturday) and I thank them for that.” he said to the media.

Francis Baraza, the Chemelil coach who saw his four game winning streak come to a screeching halt blamed bad luck for the loss.
“We made some few mistakes in the game. In fact, we got so many chances but we did not work on them as required but generally we played very well. We will now work on the noted weak points ahead of the next match,” Baraza told Goal.com.

Aside from playing like a champion spirit as Ze Maria described, there are plenty of positives for Gor Mahia fans to pick out from this game: Francis Kahata had a whale of a game. First he scored from a superbly taken free-kick reminiscent of the one he scored against Vincent Enyeama and Nigeria in Calabar. Kahata also played crucial roles in the 2nd and 3rd goals. His probing defence splitting passes found Tuyisenge who in turn found open players with well placed passes. Tuyisenge ended with two assists on the day showing that he can contribute even he does not score.

Amos Nondi is growing in stature and could soon end up as one of the best engine-room players in the country. He showed poise, brilliant ball control and an ability to place in the right spot to score.

And with Tusker stumbling, Gor Mahia are now five points behind Tusker with a game in hand.

One issue of note is the low attendance. This can be attributed to the return of the English premier league and the recent poor results of the team. The club has its work cut out to bring back the fans. But a few more good results will be a good start.

Rave reviews for Gor Mahia players in international action

Kahata in a previous match

National team coach Stanley Okumbi is thoroughly impressed with Gor Mahia midfield ace Francis Kahata. In Okumbi’s mind, Kahata was the engine of the team on Sunday driving forward and creating numerous chances.
“Kahata played so well created many chances and I am happy with him.” said Okumbi to futaa.com

Indeed Kahata likely registered more passes than anyone unlike the other members of the midfield who were less impressive. Johannah and Timbe scored but they have been accused of playing very selfishly as was Paul Were. Two of these players are transfer targets of Gor Mahia. The price tag that Bob Munro has put on Johannah is said to be Ksh 10 million. It must be said that Johannah’s lob over the advancing Congo goalkeeper was impressive.

Okumbi did not field Kahata in his first two matches against Guinea Bissau and must be regretting it.

Ninteen year old Eric Ouma, earned his first cap and passed the test with flying colours. He was solid in defence, not allowing anything through. None other skipper Victor Wanyama was impressed.
He had a good game and showed maturity despite his age said Wanyama to capital FM

Kogalo officials are in the midst of trying to convince Marcelo to sign a two year deal.

Rwanda striker Jacque Tuyisenge carried over his goal-scoring form to the international arena. He scored twice but was unable to prevent Rwanda from losing 3-2. Abouba Sibomana also played 90 minutes in that match.

Khalid Aucho was the hero of the day for Uganda. he scored the winning goal that enabled Uganda to beat Botwana 2-1 away from home. Geoffrey Walusimbi was a second half substitute.

Meanwhile Muhoroni Youth defender Wellington Ochieng, who is being pursued by Kogalo has himself expressed interest in joining the club.

“According to the information I received from the chairman (Adagala), all is going on well and I am sure that Gor Mahia will be my club in second leg. 70% of the deal is basically done because the two clubs are slowly agreeing on the transfer cash,” Ochieng’ told goal.com
Gor Mahia have offered Ksh 500,000 as transfer fee while Muhoroni Youth want Ksh 2 million. The two clubs have to meet in the middle

Gor Mahia transfer news Dec 20

Gor Mahia have completed the signings of two key players: David Ochieng “Cheche” and Francis Kahata.

“It is true we have signed ‘Cheche’ and Kahata. We have been negotiating with both players and I can confirm that the deals are sealed.” said a source to goal.com

The signing of both players will add useful experience. Both have been regular national team players with experience playing in the top tier leagues of Saudi Arabia and Albania respectively. Kahata would add an element of creativity that has been missing from the Gor Mahia midfield since the departure of Moses Odhiambo “Dube”.

Timothy Otieno, the promising Gor Mahia striker who saw very little action in 2015, has joined Posta Rangers on loan.

“He is young and just the kind of player we need. We have embarked on rebuilding a new squad with focus on young players for the future.” said Posta Rangers manager Mike Tonui to goal.com

Otieno was due to join Muhoroni Youth last June but the deal fell through. It is a positive move for Otieno who has shown a lot of promise. But with the likes of Olunga, Blackberry, Kagere and Agwanda ahead of him, he saw very little playing time.

Meanwhile former Gor Mahia midfielder Anthony Akumu, whom Gor Mahia were pursuing has opted to join Zesco United, the Zambian champions.

“He is already one of the best midfielders in the region, and has worked under some of the best coaches in the world including former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah in Khartoum. At Zesco, the coach will develop him further, in a tactical way, plus mentally, and in a few years he could go to South Africa, or TP Mazembe, or even Europe.” said his agent George Bwana to goal.com. Bwana is a former Gor Mahia official who also tok Owino “Calabar” to Zesco.

Akumu thus becomes the third Kenyan to play in the Zambian league next season following Jacob Keli who plays for Nkana Red Devils.