Legend Kadenge rushed to hospital after fainting in NSL clash
Retired Kenyan football icon, Joe Kadenge is in stable condition in hospital after fainting while watching the National Super League (NSL) double header at Nairobi’s Camp Toyoyo Grounds on Wednesday.
Leaders Nzoia United stretched their lead at the top of the summit after beating KCB 1-0 in the first encounter before Kadenge was taken ill as the second clash between Wazito FC and Zoo Kericho that ended 2-2 was ongoing.
The former AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars legend was rushed to Nairobi Metropolitan Hospital by an ambulance for further observation after receiving first aid treatment at the venue.
According to a nurse with Amref who attended to the star before he was transferred to hospital, the intense heat that scorched the capital could have caused the latest health scare for the legend that was hospitalised in January 2006 after suffering a stroke.
“We were sitting with him pitch side and then he fell down and fainted. I don’t know his medical details but what I know he has been sick,” the nurse added.
Last month, the retired great who popularised the popular refrain, Kadenge na Mpira missed the burial of former Stars and Gor Mahia goalkeeper, James Sianga, after complaining of an eye ailment.
On the pitch, Nzoia extended their unbeaten run in the second-tier competition to 28 and stretched their tally to 70 points to remain the undoubted front runners for promotion to the Kenyan Premier League.
It took only six minutes for Brian Yakhama, son of retired Nzoia legend Nick, to seal victory with the winning strike to stretch their lead at the top to 13 ahead of second –placed Nakumatt (57) who could only muster a barren stalemate at home to Nairobi Stima.
“I can’t say we have been promoted to KPL since we still have 10 more games to play. I will wait till the league is over, get the certificate for promotion then I will know am to be sure,” Nzoia boss Alfred Imonje said.
“The match was tough and I believe I will continue with the same squad if we earn promotion,” he added.
His opposite number, James Ominde cried foul claiming officials were against his side.
“Their goal was off side. The referee was on our opponent’s side and he also denied us a penalty,” the Bankers’ coach alleged.
In the highlight clash of the midweek programme, promotion chasing Vihiga United and Kariobangi Sharks shared a 1-1 at the Mumias Sports Complex in a fiercely contested encounter.
The result left Sharks third on 54 same as Zoo who trail by goal difference who were forced to share the spoils by Wazito (33) languishing in 12th in a fast-paced encounter.
Elsewhere, bottom placed Shabana are all but doomed after going down 2-0 to visiting Oserian (30) as the former top flight giants slumped to their 23rd loss of the season.
Agro Chemicals (30) moved up to seventh after trouncing Palos FC 3-1 as Bidco United played to a 1-1 draw with visiting Ligi Ndogo.
-Report by Ali Endere