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Kadenge named first football ambassador


NAIROBI, Kenya, April 18- Retired Harambee Stars legend Joe Kadenge has been appointed as the first Kenya football ambassador in recognition to his contribution to the game.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF)boss Sam Nyamweya also named Allan Thigo, Noah Wanyama and former administrator Ali Mubarak as honorary members of the national executive.

Kadenge is arguably the best Kenyan player of his generation rising to fame in the 1960’s where he turned out for AFC Leopards besides a 14 year stint in the national team that he also joined the technical bench in 2002.

“Kadenge’s acknowledgment is in recognition of his fame in the region and beyond, he was also the first player from the East Africa to be invited by FIFA to grace the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa,” read a press release from the federation.

Thigo a midfielder in his hey-days was part of the revered Gor Mahia squad that featured in the Africa Cup Winners Cup in 1979 and the national team that graced made its Nations Cup debut in 1972.

Wanyama is a former left-winger with Leopards and the national team is the father of Parma’s midfielder Mc Donald Mariga and Celtics Victor Mugubi.

Mombasa based administrator Mubarak vied for the post of federation chairman in the 2011 football elections that ushered in Nyamweya into office.