Joe Kadenge Biography, Career in Football and Awards

Joe Kadenge Biography

Joe Kadenge was born on 16th March 1935. He is a former Kenyan football player and coach. He has been referred as the finest footballer ever produced by Kenya. 

‘Kadenge na mpira’ is a phrase the makes many remember, arguably the best striker Kenya has ever produced. The commentators of the day in particular one Leonard Mambo Mbotela had the best description of Kadenge’s soccer prowess and marked the slogan as part of the glory days in Kenyan football.

Joe Kadenge Career in Football

He started his professional career in the Nakuru Allstars and played for Harambee Stars for 14 remarkable years.

In the 60s he played for Maragoli United where he held the record for the fastest ever goal scored in the Kenyan Premier League.

He also had an illustrious career at Abuluhya United (now AFC Leopards), winning the Kenyan Premier League in 1966.

In 2002, he managed the Kenya National Football team and was later succeeded by Jacob Mulee in 2003.

In 2010, he was invited by Fifa to represent East and Central Africa in gracing the opening ceremony of the World Cup finals in South Africa.

In 2012, he was appointed the First Kenya Football Ambassador by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

Joe Kadenge Awards

In 2005, he was awarded with Hall of Fame in the SOYA Awards.

Joe Kadenge Personal life

He suffered a stroke in January 2006. His sons are carrying forward his legacy with Oscar Kadenge playing in Kenya Premier League as a midfielder and Evans Kadenge, practising coaching United.

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