Kenyan football legend Joe Kadenge is No More! Kadenge took his last breath on Sunday while undergoing treatment at Meridian Hospital in Nairobi, his son Oscar Kadenge confirmed.
He has passed away at the age of 84.
Kadenge has been unwell after recently suffereing a stroke following the death of his daughter Eva Kadenge Hoskin’s who died back in February following a short illness in the USA.
Famed for the ‘Kadenge nampira’ moniker, his journey to stardom began when he debuted against Zanzibar in 1957. His stellar performances earned him a call-up to the Nakuru combined team for the Remington cup, a tournament in which he proved to be a cut above the rest.
The following year, Kadenge inspired Kenya’s 2-0 Gossage Cup victory over Uganda, scoring one goal and assisting the other.
He is regarded as an AFC Leopards legend, as he was part of the team that matched to a league victory in 1966.
The legend also made history with the national team after leading them to their inaugural Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup victory.
An ardent Manchester United supporter, last year Kadenge got a visit from President Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife Margaret in his South B home, during which he gifted the first family his legendary number 7 jersey.
Farayi Mungazi, writing for the BBC, once said that he is “regarded as the finest footballer ever produced by Kenya.”
Rest in Peace Legend!