Francis Kahata officially became a free agent with the expiration of his four year contract at Gor Mahia on Sunday 30 June and a number of clubs across the continent have shown interest in roping the talented attacking midfielder, not least the record Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions who are keen on holding on to him.
Kahata joined Gor from Thika United back in 2015 putting pen to paper on a four year deal and has now decided against renewing the deal with Tanzanian giants Simba SC in the forefront to land him.
Speaking to Soka, Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda confirmed Kahata’s contract expiration and went on to state the club’s stand on the matter.
“Kahata is not contracted to us as his deal expired yesterday,” Aduda said. “We do not know his next move but as a club we are keen on keeping a hold on him as he is a very talented player who has been part of the club’s success.
“If he does leave we will wish him all the best as he has been a loyal servant in the time that he has been here,” he said.
Kahata, who is with the national men’s team at the ongoing AFCON finals in Egypt, has himself said that he is looking for a different challenge and is targeting using the tournament to showcase his talent to a wider audience.
Simba SC have been long time admirers of the attacking midfielder and were close to landing him before the start of last season.