Kenyan football legend Joe Kadenge is dead
Mzee Joe Kadenge, considered Kenya’s greatest footballer of all time, has died at the Meridian hospital in Nairobi, his son Oscar has confirmed.
His body is set to be transferred to Lee Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon.
He was 84 and had been unwell for a while.
Joe Kadenge Family
“Dad has not been in good shape,” said Oscar. “He had complications in breathing and his sight was also failing. His condition deteriorated when my sister passed on in the USA earlier this year and he was unable to attend.”
Joe Kadenge Eulogies
President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi were among those who consistently visited Mzee Kadenge when he was unwell.
Two years ago, President Kenyatta gave Kadenge Sh2 million and also directed the football legend be offered a National Hospital Insurance Fund cover.
At that time Kadenge thanked the Head of State and also challenged the government to invest in the sports industry and take care of its heroes.
Joe Kadenge Career
Kadenge commenced his football career as an attacking midfielder and second striker for the defunct Maragoli United, before crossing over to Abaluhya United (now referred to as AFC Leopards) in 1996.
He is remembered for his silky skills, deft touches and mazy runs at the centre of the pitch and would soon be associated by the popular phrase ‘Kadenge na Mpira’ courtesy of renown broadcaster Leonard Mambo Mbotela.
Kadenge also turned out for and coached the national football team, Harambee Stars, with prominence and success.
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Joe Kadenge Biography
Joe Kadenge was born on 16th March 1935. He is a former Kenyan football player and coach. He has been referred as the finest footballer ever produced by Kenya by Farayi Mungazi, writing for the BBC.
‘Kadenge na mpira’ is a phrase the makes many remember, arguably the best striker Kenya has ever produced. The commentators of the day in particular one Leonard Mambo Mbotela had the best description of Kadenge’s soccer prowess and marked the slogan as part of the glory days in Kenyan football.
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Joe Kadenge Career in Football
- He started his professional career in the Nakuru Allstars and played for Harambee Stars for 14 remarkable years.
- In the 60s he played for Maragoli United where he held the record for the fastest ever goal scored in the Kenyan Premier League.
- He also had an illustrious career at Abuluhya United (now AFC Leopards), winning the Kenyan Premier League in 1966.
- In 2002, he managed the Kenya National Football team and was later succeeded by Jacob Mulee in 2003.
- In 2010, he was invited by Fifa to represent East and Central Africa in gracing the opening ceremony of the World Cup finals in South Africa.
- In 2012, he was appointed the First Kenya Football Ambassador by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
Joe Kadenge Awards
In 2005, he was awarded with Hall of Fame in the SOYA Awards.
Joe Kadenge Personal life
He suffered a stroke in January 2006. His sons are carrying forward his legacy with Oscar Kadenge playing as a midfielder for AFC Leopards and Evans Kadenge, the head coach of Nzoia United.