Raila Odinga leads others in mourning Joe Kadenge
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has expressed his sorrow following the loss of the Kenyan football legend Joe Kadenge.
Kadenge passed on at the Meridian Hospital in Nairobi on Sunday, July 7 after a lengthy battle with stroke.
Raila, among other leaders, paid tribute to the fallen hero on social media just after the news of his death broke.
“We have lost one of the greatest talents to ever grace a football pitch in our national uniform. 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,” wrote Raila.
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja shared, “What a sad week! Sad to hear that the legend has slept. RIP Joe Kadenge. You have left an indelible mark in our country. Your contribution cannot be forgotten. Pole to Joe’s family, friends and all who knew and loved him.”
While FKF president Nick Mwendwa acknowledged Joe’s contribution to the country’s sport.
“Fare thee well Joe. You contributed through football and showed the way. Till we meet again,” stated Mwendwa on twitter.
On his part, Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko mourned Kadenge as the greatest ever.
“Condolences to the family and friends of Kenyan football legend, Joe Kadenge who was one of our greatest ever footballer. May God comfort his family at this difficult moment. May his soul Rest in Peace,” shared Sonko.
The legend who was popularly known with the slogan “Kadenge na mpira” passed on aged 84.
Regarded as the FINEST footballer ever produced by Kenya, Kadenge played for Maragoli United and scored the fastest ever goal in the Kenyan Premier League.
The legend played for Abaluyha United and won the Kenya Premier League in 1966.
This was after he made a comeback to football after hanging his boots in 1965, guiding Harambee Stars to win the inaugural East and Central Africa Challenge Cup.
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