Gor boss Zico won’t discuss Kahata’s future

Gor Mahia FC coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno avoided questions regarding Francis Kahata’s future at the club following their 1-0 win over Nyasa Big Bullets at the Kasarani Stadium.

Reports Kahata is nearing a move to Algerian side CS Constantine were amplified on Wednesday after he was omitted from Gor’s squad during their first CAF assignment.

The midfielder’s creative presence was heavily missed as Gor struggled to overcome Big Bullets’ defensive approach during the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup clash.

Asked about Kahata’s situation, Zico said it was a ‘question for the management’ as he steered clear of the conversation.

“I think that is a question for the management but all in all for me I use the players who are working with me day in day out. I can’t talk about a player who is not here,” Zico said.

Gor already confirmed that CS Constantine have made an approach, requesting that the midfielder Kahata attends trials in Algeria for assessment and a possible transfer.

Kahata has been the subject of heavy transfer speculation over the past few months after shining during a memorable 2018 season for Gor in which they won the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title by 17 points as well as reached CAF Confederation Cup group stages.

Tanzanian giants Simba SC reportedly made an offer for the player but a deal failed to materialise. Instead it was Rwandan striker Meddie Kagere, with whom Kahata played starring roles for Gor, that made the switch.

Meanwhile, Zico said he was impressed by Erisa Ssekisambu’s debut performance as a general assessment although the Ugandan striker ‘looked lost’ in the second half before he was substituted off.

“In the first half he held the ball very well, he was giving good passes then in the second half maybe because this is the first time he is playing in the team he was a bit lost. Remember he just came in four days ago so you can’t expect his fitness levels to be top,” Zico offered.

Gor face Kariobangi Sharks in Sunday’s Super Cup at the Kasarani Stadium before travelling to Malawi for their December 4 return leg against Big Bullets in Blantyre.