Stars’ Midfielder Kahata Draws Parallels Between Simba And Gor

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Mercurial Harambee Stars midfielder Francis Kahata has thanked Football Kenya (FKF) and the Ministry of Sports for investing heavily in Kenya’s 2019 AFCON campaign.

Kahata says that the team amassed invaluable experience and exposure along the way when they pitched camp in France before finally connecting to Egypt for their Africa Cup of Nations assignment.

“The government and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) did very well to ensure we had the best preparations before the tournament.”

He further stated that the huge bonus the team received within that period secured him a good future.

“It was good money and to be specific it enabled me to do something which if I look back on can remind me that going to the Africa Cup of Nations changed my life,” he said.

On his personal performance, Kahata said he was just grateful to have made it to the final team that traveled to Egypt, adding that he had a lot of faith in the national team’s ability to return to the next Afcon stage.

“It was a big statement just to make it in the final squad. As a team I think we it our best despite the results we got on the pitch,” added Kahata.

Meanwhile, Kahata has drawn parallels between his new club Simba SC and his former side Gor Mahia, describing the experience in Tanzania as comparatively more professional.

“There is a big difference in how Simba is managed compared to Gor Mahia. The Tanzanian giants are more professional. We don’t have issues of delayed salaries, play on good grounds and everything from traveling to team organization is done well.”

He said it took him a short time to settle in Tanzania given the fact that he had already become a household name in the neighboring nation even before he was signed.

“People in Tanzania were talking about me even before I joined Simba and so it was easy to fit in. The welcome was amazing and helped me settled down quickly.”

Asked about the difference between the Tanzanian league and Kenyan league, Kahata says reliable sponsorship, as well as a huge and committed fan base, gives our neighbors an edge over us.

“In Tanzania we have many sponsors and fans are also very passionate. This makes all the difference as the welfare of the players are well taken care of.”

Kahata joined Simba one year ago after a two-year stint at Gor Mahia. He started his KPL career at Thika United.

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