Invest in Sports for future generations,Raila

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Dec 12, 2021
  • Journalist and Author John Nene presents the Book to Joe Kadenge as Raila Odinga watches.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has urged the government to invest more resources not only in cash and technical expertise so as to grow the sports industry.

“The government can begin this initiative by honoring sports legends such as Joe Kadenge for the indelible mark they left in sports. I highly recommend that City Stadium be renamed Joe Kadenge Stadium in his honor.”

Speaking at the launch of the book “Joe Kadenge: The Life of a Football Legend,” - written by BBC Sports Journalist John Nene Odinga noted that recognizing Kadenge would be part of the beginning of preserving the country’s great sports culture and heritage for generations to come.

Kadenge, urged sportsmen and women to be diligent and play clean as sports today is rewarding.

“I persevered the times as I charted the waters and played clean. Please stay clean and be virtuous. It pays in the long-run.”

Sports journalist and author John Nene shared a challenge to fellow sports journalists on taking on authoring biographies as a way of telling Kenya’s story through documenting it in a book as the story can be told for generations to come.

“I wrote this book to recognise and share not only the life and time of Joe Kadenge the great but also of his colleagues. Some of examples shared in the book show the good, the bad and the ugly. There are lessons I believe football players today can learn that will help this sector return to its days of glory,” he said.

Reflecting back on their days in football, Stephen Ochieng, another football legend recalled how Kadenge surprised many with his great skill.

“He would meticulously weave his way through a great defence team and before we know it, a the ball is in the net,” he noted.