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.
In 1958, the same year he burst onto the scene of the Kenyan Nat’l team, Joe Kadenge became a devoted Manchester United Fan. Now, on the 60th Anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, Joe will step foot in Old Trafford for the very first time. #kadengenampira pic.twitter.com/QoGZXOgdhB
— Black Arrow (@BlackArrowFC) February 2, 2018
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.
This was absolutely surreal for the Kenyan Legend, Joe Kadenge, as the match opened w/ a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster.
The 60th anniversary of the crash, the incident that lead Joe to support Manchester United for the past 59 yrs pic.twitter.com/A1krfDQWmJ
— Black Arrow (@BlackArrowFC) February 4, 2018
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.
It is really good to see our legend Joe Kadenge getting such global recognition. He continues to be an inspiration to us as one of the pioneers of the game in our country.
Can't wait to watch it!! pic.twitter.com/JFzyVfh49Q
— Yidah Sven Yidah (@YidahSven) February 4, 2018
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.
— Daniel N Wahome (@MistaWahome) February 6, 2018
In his once in a lifetime Old Trafford tour, he was lucky enough to meet David Beckham’s dad, Ted Beckham.
VIDEO – Kenyan football legend Joe Kadenge stepping into “The theatre of dreams” Old Trafford last Saturday..He watched Manchester United play Huddersfield Town and win 2-0…Dream come true.. Thanks to Black Arrow who are filming his Documentary.. ( Black Arrow video).. pic.twitter.com/gLNr53a2GQ
— Katami Michelle (@MichKatami) February 6, 2018
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.