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Legendary Kenyan footballer 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.

Dad has not been in good shape. 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, confirmed his sone, Oscar.

Kadenge has been ailing in the recent past, and President Uhuru Kenyatta gave him Sh2 million two years ago, and further directed the football legend be offered a National Hospital Insurance Fund cover.


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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