Harambee Stars hero Francis Kahata: I was confident the free-kick will go in

The Thika United striker insists he knew he will score from the free-kick that even stunned Nigerian custodian Victor Enyeama during Kenya's 1-1 draw against Nigeria
By Otieno Otieno

Harambee Stars striker Francis Kahata insists he expected to score from the free-kick which stunned Nigeria during Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Calabar.

Speaking on arrival from Lagos, the player said their was nothing special about the free-kick insisting he is used to doing it in the Kenyan premiership.

"I am used to scoring such kind of goals from the same angle so when we won a free-kick and I was allowed to take it, I was perfectly confident it was going to go in."

"I have done it so many times in the local league until I got used to it. For me there was nothing special about it," Kahata told Goal.com.

Kahata put Kenya ahead with a curling free-kick that left the best goalkeeper of South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and Nigeria captain Victor Enyeama stranded.

Enyeama later conceded that Kahata's free-kick was out of this World. “It was one of the best free-kicks I have ever seen. Truly I never expected such a kick from a Kenyan; that’s the kind of shot you expect to get from a Brazilian or South Americans."

“But you saw what happened; the ball curled very well into that angle. I was surprised by his skill. One of the best free-kicks I have ever seen. I have seen a lot of free-kicks but not a top corner like that. It was a perfect kick into the right corner.”

The Thika United ace received Sh100, 000 from Nairobi senator Mike Sonko for his effort and was a hero when Harambee Stars landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as every journalist scrambled to interview him.

Kahata said it was unfortunate he did not score a second goal after he found himself unmarked in the Nigerian defense in the 78th minute.

"I still don't understand why the ball did not go into the net. I was also expecting to score."