Odinga proposes Kadenge’s statute be erected in honour of late Joe Kadenge

A statute in honour of the late soccer legendary Joe Kadenge should be erected at the Nairobi City Stadium,former Prime Minister Raila Odinga  has suggested.

Odinga said  Nairobi City Stadium where the late soccer doyen  made his  name especially during the Gossage Cup and Football  league matches  must be the ideal pace  for the statute.He praised the late Kadenge saying Kenya has lost a true  hero,father and a  symbol of unity both to the  old and the  young generation.

Speaking at the Ngong Road based Friends Quakers  church,Raila who was later joined by Senator Moses Wetangula and ANC Leader Musalia Mudavadi  urged Kenyans to remember and honour Kadenge  by buying the book he  left behind which was authored by BBC journalist John Nene.

The opposition leader narrated the many times he engaged with the late Kadenge saying he has a special seat in his house that was preserved for Kadenge alone.

‘If you go to Arsenal ‘s Emirates grounds ,Odinga added,you will find the statute of legends like Thierry Henry.I support my brother Mudavadi who suggested Nairobi City Stadium be renamed  in honour of the late  soccer wizard.He also suggested  for the Government to buy a house   for the Kadenge family  which I do support“.

Mudavadi rekindled the days of the defunct Volcano United, the first professional club in the  county where Kadenge was the team manager while he was the club treasurer.’My friendship,he added, with Kadenge started long time  ago especially the time  when we worked together at the defunct Volcano United where many don’t know, I was  the treasurer while  Kadenge was the team manager.We worked  so well and managed to meet our objectives and goals.We had five players in the National soccer team Harambee Stars by then”

Musalia urged the Government to set aside money for a house for Kadenge family since the current flat they have been using belongs to the Nairobi County Government where changing of the title deed might be a long process.

Senator Wetangula described the late soccer doyen as a great hero.‘Mzee is going to his  maker after fulfilling all the good things he  did  while on earth.He will remain decent,great human,honest ,generous and loving father of football.He gave  everything on earth and the  best thing to honour him is to emulate what he did.I will present a heroes  bill at the senate that is  aimed at honouring our sports heroes which I hope it will not gather dust at the majority leader’s  Aden Duale’s  desk.”Wetangula observed.

He went on to add “We should honour our legends with free houses. Recently,Madagascar National team players  were given each a house  by the Government for reaching the quarter finals of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.We  can do the same  to our Sportsmen” Wetangula noted.

Other speakers included Makadara legislator George Aladwa, Vihiga Senator George Khaniri,His Migori counterpart Ochillo Ayako, and Nairobi women rep Esther Pasaris among other dignitaries, football administrators and  retired soccer legends.

The late Kadenge will be laid to rest on Saturday at Kisambai in Tiriki,Kakamega county.


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