Legendary former Kenyan international, the iconic Joe Kadenge is no more. Kadenge breathed his last on Sunday 7 July at a Nairobi hospital after a long illness.
Aged 84, Kadenge’s performance in his heyday has lived on to inspire generations by the simple ‘Kadenge na Mpira’ fame.
Kadenge featured for AFC Leopards and Maragoli United in his playing days and up until his death, he was a staunch follower of AFC Leopards.
He suffered a stroke early in 2019, confining him off the stadium before he bowed off.
Nick Mwendwa’s message
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa led the condolences for the loss, noting that Kadenge’s contribution to the Kenyan game will forever be cherished.
“I am saddened by the passing on of Kenyan football legend Joe Kadenge. His contribution and dedication to the game will forever be remembered and cherished both within and across our borders.
“On my own behalf and that of the entire Kenya football fraternity, I wish to send my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Kadenge. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at these trying times, may you find solace in the memories,” said FKF President Nick Mwendwa.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also posted his condolence message, highlighting it with hope that the fallen legend’s contribution inspires Kenya footballers to give their best.
“Joe Kadenge was a true ambassador for the country and Kenyan soccer. May he rest in eternal bliss. May his spirit inspire more young people to pursue the game,” he wrote.