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Veteran former rugby player dies in road accident

Kenya sports fraternity has been hit hard after one of their own the veteran rugby player and former Kenya sevens (7) Shujaas player Allan Makaka Shisiali passed away in a grisly road accident.

The talented former Harlequins RC player died on Friday 22, March night after he allegedly rammed into a track from behind along Mombasa Road.

“It is with deep sorrow that we have learnt of the passing of Allan Makaka following a traffic accident on Saturday 23 May 2020,” read part of Kenya Rugby’s statement.

Makaka’s body has since been taken to Montezuma Funeral Home in Nairobi.

Allan was part of the squad that played at the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourn, Australia.

 

According to Kenya Rugby Union, he made a total of 57 appearances on the Sevens World Series, managing 28 tries and is ranked 21 overall amongst Kenya’s all-time try scorers on the World Series.

The former Musingu High School and the United States International University- Africa student initially played for his club at the now non-functional side Ulinzi.

He won back to back National Sevens Circuit tittles in 2002 and 2003 making a name for himself with a series of pacing and earning a selection to the national sevens squad off the back of his performances.

He later moved to Kenya Harlequins after Ulinzi was disbanded and featured in the Quins squad that won the National Sevens Circuit title in 2005 and 2006 and the 2008 Kenya Cup league title.

Allan was known as a warm individual on and off the pitch by his colleagues. Fijian Sevens legend Waisale Serevi once declared Makaka as one of the fastest players he had ever seen.

In March this year, another Kenyan rugby player Tony Onyango passed away. It was reported that Tony who played for Kenya Sevens, Homeboyz and Simba as a fullback collapsed at his home after coming from training.

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