Kadenge: I did not fall ill from hunger

Kenyan football legend Joe Kadenge is assisted by his son Junior Kadenge when he arrived ...
Kenyan football legend Joe Kadenge is assisted by his son Junior Kadenge when he arrived to watch the National Super League (NSL) match between Nzoia United FC and KCB at the Camp Toyoyo grounds on October 12, 2016. The retired great collapsed at pitch side and was rushed to hospital. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

Retired Kenyan football icon, Joe Kadenge, has denied claims his health condition had been hunger-induced when he fainted while watching a National Super League (NSL) match between Wazito FC and Zoo Kericho at Nairobi’s Camp Toyoyo Grounds on Wednesday.

The legend was declared fit enough to be discharged by the Nairobi Metropolitan Hospital after a few hours of treatment and despite having a history of diabetes and occasional high blood pressure cases, Kadenge revealed diagnosis pointed to neither and had only been affected by Camp Toyoyo’s intensely high afternoon temperature.

“You never know what happens to your body or health next although yesterday I wasn’t feeling sick at all.

“I was a bit upset with reports that I collapsed because I was feeling too hungry. It was must have been the heat; from where I was sitting, there was a lot of heat plus I am very old now so it’s normal to get weak sometimes,” Kadenge told Citizen Digital.

Kadenge had been designated an area just outside the stadium’s changing room where he was shielded away from the glaring sun’s direct heat and with proper ventilation but demanded to be moved to the technical bench where he would be closer to the match action.

-Report by Ali Endere

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