Grassroots football is something which the football community continues to talk about and I think we are all in agreement that it is an extremely important part of the game.
In Kenya soccer is the most popular sport but the people who nurture the young athlete’s languish in poverty despite the people they have natured living a successful life.
Kenyan international Francis Kahata is set to give back to the man who natured and took care of his talent when he was young.
Coach Fredrick Ochieng aka Ochy of Githurai Sport who discovered and took care of him as the Coach in Mathare Youth Sports Association League has a reason to smile after Kahata promised to build him a house in Githurai 44.
“I have had a piece of land but I did not have a chance to develop it. Kahata then called me and told me he wanted us to work on something. When I mentioned the land, he then said he will build me a three bed roomed house when he comes in August,” said Ochy.
Speaking to Ghetto Radio Sports Ochy who started Coaching at the age of 17 was an elated man saying that he never expected such a gesture.
He said that he first saw Kahata while in Ruiru where he had gone for a match and immediately spotted the 9 year old’s exemplary talent.
He then set to bring the former Gor Mahia Midfielder to the limelight.
Ochy says that he paid for Kahata’s fare from Ruiru to Kahawa where he commuted and even lived with him in his house during the schools holidays.
“We had gone for a match in Ruiru and when I saw Kahata I noticed that the boy was very talented and I decided to take him with me,” he said.
“I approached the boy and after speaking to Kahata’s mum she allowed me to take him with me, he even lived with me in my house especially during the school holidays.
“As a coach I had three age categories in my team, Kahata joined my under 12 team but because of his enormous talent I promoted him to under 14,”he stated.
Being raised by a single mum Ochy said that he helped Kahata get travelling documents by helping him acquire a birth certificate and a Passport which enabled him travel to Europe in 2008 where he represented MYSA in Norway Cup.
Ochy said that after primary school he tried to secure Kahata a scholarship from MYSA to enable him complete his high school education.
“As I told you earlier Kahata was being raised by a single mother hence it was difficult to raise money for his high school education, I approached MYSA who had the scholarship programme but they didn’t offer him the chance,” he lamented.
He said after a while Kahata came to him saying he had gotten a scholarship from Thika United which was being sponsored by Brookside.
After completing high school, both Matharee United which ran MYSA and Thika United wanted to acquire his services but Coach Ochy advised Kahata not to abandon the team that helped him complete his high school studies.
Currently the Kenyan is in Tanzania featuring for Tanzanian Giants Simba where he has won the Tanzanian Premier League .
Kahata joined Simba from Gor Mahia in June 2019 in a deal that see him receive a salary of Sh350,000 per month until June 2021 when his contract expires.
He is expected to start the project where he fly’s backs in the Country this month of august.