Kenyan midfielder Francis Kahata has revealed that despite facing what he termed as a ‘difficult’ last 6 months at Simba SC, head coach Didier Gomes was very professional with him and always encouraged him to keep giving his all in training and whenever he got a chance to play.
Kahata left the ‘Wekundu wa Msimbazi’ after serving them for two seasons.
According to Kahata, negotiations between him and Simba bore no fruits and as such, they agreed to part ways.
The former Gor Mahia midfielder revealed that he met with Simba’s Chief Executive, Barbara Gonzalez and it is during their talks that it was made clear to him that his contract won’t be extended.
In an interview with Mwanaspoti at his home in Mbezi Beach, Dar es Salaam, Kahata said that he was already prepared to leave Simba and as such, the club’s official communication did not come as a surprise.
“Initially I was prepared for that and even after she told me openly, I was not shocked. It is one of the worst reports and challenges I have ever gone through in my football life,” Kahata told Mwanaspoti.
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“The CEO told me they would give me all my entitlements that I was supposed to get in my contract until the end of July 30 including other allowances. I basically wanted to stay here, but I don’t know how despite that, my last six months at Simba were very difficult” he added.
Kahata also spoke of his experience working under coach Didier Gomes. According to the ex-Thika United man, working with the Frenchman was one great experience.
Kahata said that when Gomes took over the coaching role at Simba, he found time to talk to him and told him he was happy to work with him, as he had known him since his days at Gor Mahia.
“After a while he realized that I was not used in domestic competitions. It was a matter of surprise to him and when he came to ask me, I told him I was also surprised. He encouraged me and prepared me psychologically enough not to feel bad,” said Kahata
“Gomes was spending his time preparing for matches, especially international ones, mentally training me and encouraging me. He was also giving me a place in the squad and yesterday when the team went to Mwanza for the Rovu Shooting game (played on Thursday) I talked to him.”
Kahata also revealed that coach Gomes promised to talk with the Simba management to clear the air on his future at the club only for him to get official communication of his release.
“I haven’t had time to talk to him and he probably doesn’t know if I will be at Simba again but before I leave Tanzania, I will meet him and tell him everything, then I will go home to stay with my family and relax,” said Kahata.
Kahata signed for Simba in July 2019 and scored four goals in the Tanzanian Premier League last season.
In total, he played 46 matches for Simba, scored 7 times and provided 9 assists. He won the Premier League (1), the Charity Shield (2) and the Federation Cup (1)