Thika Utd coach Kamau hits out at rivals Gor Mahia for attempts to 'tap' Kahata

The milk men tactician says K'ogalo have illegal been trying to lure the influential midfielder and now wants Kenya Premier League to take action

Kenya Premier League (KPL) side Thika United coach John Irungu Kamau has hit out at rivals Gor Mahia for attempting to 'tap up' his influential players.

Kamau was reacting to reports that the 2012 KPL runners-up were on the verge of signing his star midfielder Francis Kahata.

“I am not aware of any move for Kahata. They (Gor) have definitely not used the right procedure in (signing the player). We have governing rules within KPL that state that a club interested in signing a player should first engage the parent club. There is no big club in the KPL and Gor Mahia should know that,” Kamau told

Kamau added, "If they (Gor Mahia) continue holding talks with Kahata without our consent then we will seek direction from KPL and ask for action to be taken."

Gor Mahia are in the market for an attacking midfielder to share the creative burden (or potentially replacement for Rama Salim, who currently is in middle East for trials) ahead of the upcoming season and have openly courted Kahata and KCB's Mungai Kiongera.

Whatever the case, Kamau - who masterminded a one all draw on the final day of the league that stopped Gor from winning the title last season - says that Kahata wont be departing the Thika-based club.

“Most of our performances in 2012 have been top notch and we are moving closer and closer to the top teams in the league. It will be a grave mistake to sell our top players at this stage when we are seeking to perform better than (the fifth position in the KPL) last season.”

The left-footed Kahata has been in top form in the premiership since his return from a short professional stint in South Africa a few years back, and had even worked his way into the national team starting eleven during immediate former coach Henri Michel's tenure.