Kenyan footballing royalty visits Old Trafford for Munich Air Disaster anniversary

Joe Kadenge at Old Trafford
Kenyan footballing legend Joe Kadenge meets David Beckham's father Ted (centre) during a tour of Old Trafford. Photo: Twitter/moscakenya

On Saturday, legendary Kenyan footballer Joe Kadenge realised his lifelong dream of travelling to one of the most iconic football grounds in the world and home to the club he has supported for the last 59 years, Old Trafford.

His visit had a double significance as it coincided with the 60th anniversary of the 1958 Munich Air Disaster where eight Manchester United players and three club staff perished. It was this tragedy which led him to support the Premier League team.

The Munich air disaster occurred on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the “Busby Babes”, along with supporters and journalists.

Twenty of the 44 on the aircraft died at the scene. The injured, some unconscious, were taken to the Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich where three more died, resulting in 23 fatalities with 21 survivors.

Before watching the Red Devils beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 he was interviewed by BBC Africa at the National Football Museum where he was surprised by its latest addition, the Kadenge Na Mpira jersey.

In his once in a lifetime Old Trafford tour, he was lucky enough to meet David Beckham’s dad, Ted Beckham.

Kadenge played for Maragoli United, and scored the fastest ever goal in the Kenyan Premier League. He also played club football for Abaluhya United, winning the Kenyan Premier League in 1966. He also plated for the Kenya national football team which he managed in 2002.

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