Huge demands in sign on fees and wages from free agent Francis Kahata has made it hard for record Kenyan Champions Gor Mahia to land him.
Gor has had plans to sign the midfielder for weeks now but negotiations have hit a dead end with the former Simba SC man playing hard ball.
According to Mozzart Sport, Kahata asked for Kshs. 2 million in sign on fees and that his 6-month salary is paid in advance.
Having been at Gor Mahia before and with the ongoing financial challenges at the club, it looks like Kahata still has doubts about the club’s abilities to pay his wages on time.
Gor’s sporting director Lordvic Aduda told Citizen that despite speaking with Kahata about a possible return to the club, talks broke down due to his demands.
‘’I have personally spoken to Kahata and his agents and he confirmed he was ready to make a return to Gor. Unfortunately we were unable to raise what he was demanding hence dropped the talks,’’ said Aduda.
“Our financial muscle is weak and we are very careful how we spend our money. A winning team should be composed of players who are happy and motivated. We need to pay prompt salaries and allowances and this needs proper calculation” he added.
In an earlier interview with Goal, Aduda also confirmed that Gor cannot afford the amount of money Kahata is asking for as sign-on fee.
“If you have Ksh10 million and you want to use it to sign seven players but one player wants the whole amount as his sign-on fee, is that going to be possible?” he asked when talking to Goal.
“We don’t have enough money to sign players and the little we have must be able to give us five or seven quality signings but if one player is asking to take the entire amount we have for signings, will it work?
“It will not be possible and it is the reason we have not made any progress in terms of bringing back Francis Kahata” he concluded.
Gor Mahia has already lost a number of top players for free with former captain Kenneth Muguna joining Tanzanian side Azam FC.
Defender Tusker Momanyi was recently unveiled at Tusker FC while Clifton Miheso, Jules Ulimwengu and Tito Okello are other players said to have left the club.
The club is however active in the market in search of new players.
Gor has already signed Malian goalkeeper Adama Keita and is being linked with a number of players like Emmanuel Sanogo from Mali, Dennis Ng’ang’a, Rooney Onyango, Boniface Omondi, Bernard Ochieng of Wazito FC and Rodgers Ouma of Western Stima.