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Kenya and the rugby universe at large this morning woke up the sad new of the demise of former Kenya 7s speedster Allan Makaka who died in a motor accident.

Allan Makaka worked with Royal Media Services as the Business Manager in charge of Hot 96 and is said to have rammed a trailer on Mombasa road, dying on the spot.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing on of our colleague Allan Makaka, Business Manager in the Commercial department through a tragic road accident,” read a memo from Royal Media Services.

Born on 28 June 1982, Allan was a former Kenya Sevens international and was part of the squad that played at the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

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

He was an alumnus of Musingu High School and the United States International University- Africa, he initially played his club rugby at defunct military side Ulinzi, winning back to back National Sevens Circuit titles in 2002 and 2003, making a name for himself with his searing pace and earning selection to the national sevens squad, Shujaa off the back of his performances.

Indeed, Fijian sevens legend Waisale Serevi once described Makaka as one of the fastest players he ever saw.

He moved to Kenya Harlequin upon Ulinzi’s disbandment at the close of the 2004 season and featured in the Quins squads that won the National Sevens Circuit title in 2005 and 2006 and the 2008 Kenya Cup league title.

A warm individual off the pitch, Allan’s death is indeed a huge loss to his family, friends, colleagues, and the rugby fraternity at rugby.

May God grant his family, friends, and colleagues strength during this trying time.

Rest in Peace Allan

First published: Kenya Rugby Union Website

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