Kenya football legend and arguably the greatest Kenyan player of all time Joe Kadenge has passed away aged 84 at a Nairobi Hospital. In February this year, Kadenge suffered a stroke and was admitted at Nairobi Hospital. He was later discharged after his condition improved. His son confirmed his demise on Sunday. The widely acclaimed footballer had plied his trade at Maragoli United and then moved to Abaluhya United, currently AFC Leopards. He also represented the Kenya National Team as a player and later, as a coach.
Tributes poured in from many Kenyans after the news broke out, with President Uhuru Kenyatta saying his death is a loss to the sporting fraternity and the nation, “Joe exemplified talent, dedication and patriotism. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time.” Deputy President William Ruto noted that Kadenge was a wonderful man on and off the pitch, approachable, gentlemanly, courteous and a role model. Former Premier Raila Odinga said the country has lost one of the greatest talents to ever grace a football pitch for Kenya, “Joe Kadenge was a true ambassador for the country and Kenyan soccer.” Football teams also mourned his loss, led by his former team AFC Leopards, who sent their heartfelt condolences to family and friends.