Former Gor Ace Francis Kahata Ready To Roar At Tanzania Giants Simba

Jul 11 - by Louis Kalinga for SportPesa News

Speaking to SportPesa News ahead of his departure to Tanzania on Thursday, the creative midfielder is looking forward to a trophy-laden stint with the Dar giants

Francis Kahata. PHOTO | YahooFinance

  • Kahata, who was part of the Kenya team who featured in the ongoing Egypt 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) joined Simba from SportPesa Premier League (SPL) holders Gor Mahia FC in a lucrative move having established himself as one of the most talented creative midfielder in the region
  • He will reunite with his former Gor teammate Meddie Kagere who joined Simba last year and the Ugandan born Rwandese striker has since become a sensation at Wekundu wa Msimbazi (Msimbazi Reds) where his legion of adoring fans have nicknamed him MK-47 due to his prolific goal-scoring record
  • Kahata is aiming at becoming the next Kenyan footballer to be a folk hero in Tanzania in the footsteps of SPL outfit Bandari FC head coach Bernard Mwalala and Boniface Ambani who starred ay Yanga SC as well as Allan Wanga (Azam FC) who recently retired from international football

NAIROBI, Kenya- Harambee Stars international midfielder Francis Kahata is relishing the opportunity to add more trophies to his enviable collection with Dar-es-Salaam giants Simba SC having signed with the 20-time Tanzania league winners.

Kahata, who was part of the Kenya team who featured in the ongoing Egypt 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) joined Simba from SportPesa Premier League (SPL) holders Gor Mahia FC in a lucrative move having established himself as one of the most talented creative midfielder in the region.

He has been influential in the traditional green and white of Gor since joining them in 2015 following a failed stint at Albanian club FK Tirana, winning three SPL and two SportPesa Cup titles besides playing a critical role in K'Ogalo's march to the quarterfinals of the 2019/18 CAF Confederations Cup.

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The creative midfielder was speaking to SportPesa News on Thursday morning from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) before boarding his flight to Dar to join his new side for pre-season training.

“I am excited to see what life has to offer in Dar as I go and link up with my new teammates and get a taste of what the Tanzanian league is like.

“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in my football career and I can only pray for the best as I take this new challenge head on,” Kahata stated.

Kahata will reunite with his former Gor teammate Meddie Kagere who joined Simba last year and the Ugandan born Rwandese striker has since become a sensation at Wekundu wa Msimbazi (Msimbazi Reds) where his legion of adoring fans have nicknamed him MK-47 due to his prolific goal-scoring record.

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“Meddie is a good friend and it will help with the transition period. Though at the end of the day, I know what I'm capable of and I'm ready to give my all to my team as we prepare for the new season,” the 27 year-old midfielder added.

“I have seen many teams play and I realise that it is very competitive but I was prepared for a challenge and it couldn’t have come at a better time,” he continued.

Simba ended a five-season Tanzania Premier League drought in style by clinching the 2018/19 honors with 93 points, seven ahead of fierce city rivals Yanga SC.

Kahata is aiming at becoming the next Kenyan footballer to be a folk hero in Tanzania in the footsteps of SPL outfit Bandari FC head coach Bernard Mwalala and Boniface Ambani who starred ay Yanga SC as well as Allan Wanga (Azam FC) who recently retired from international football.

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“I want to thank all Kenyan fans who have always been on my side and I only hope to get more as I continue with my football journey.

“I’m looking forward to getting back onto the pitch for pre-season and I will be ready when the league restarts,” Kahata promised.