Francis Kadenge to be laid to rest Saturday
24 July 2013, 12:23
It was a big blow to football fraternity in Kenya following the sudden death of former international Kenyan soccer star Francis Kadenge on Sunday evening.
Francis Kadenge who is the first born son to the former international footballer Joe Kadenge was born in 1959 November.
He went to Langata High school for his O-level.
During his career, Kadenge played for Imara in 1981 before joining Leopards in 1982.
During his career at Leopards, Francis played a major role that saw the club win CECAFA Cup in 1982 and 1984.
Francis will be remembered by many as he is still the club's third goalscorer with 65 goals behind Joe Masiga and Boniface Mulumba.
1986 was the memorable year for the departed hero when he scored the all imported goals during African cup first round of second leg scoring against Burundi’s side.
Kadenge also featured in the 1988 African cup qualifier against Madagascar.
He managed to lift five titles while at Leopards.
The younger brother also plays for the club donning NO. 7 jersey, a jersey that is believed to be the family's favorite.
Francis passed on while undergoing treatment at Kisumu Russia Hospital.
According to his brother Evans, Kadenge was vomiting blood and after his situation worsened he was transferred to Kisumu from Mbale Hospital.
The legend leaves behind three kids; the first born is currently in form three.
He will be laid to rest on Saturday at his Gisambai village home in Vihiga county.
AFC Leopards chairman Allan Kasavuli sent a message of condolence to the family of Joe Kadenge and promised that the club will honor the memory of the true son of a legend who became a legend himself.
The burial committee was formed on Monday by former leopard assistant treasurer Antony Walela and they will be holding a fundraising ceremony on Wednesday 24th at Railway Club from 5pm.
As it always said, a legend is not mourned but celebrated. Football fanatics countrywide still reflects the memorable moments during his time.
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