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Cricket fraternity mourns loss of veteran cricketer Wapakhabulo

By Kasozi Balikuddembe

Added 7th August 2018 05:10 PM

A versatile cricketer, Wapakhabulo holds the record as the first Ugandan to score a double century.

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Waphakabulo. Courtesy photo

A versatile cricketer, Wapakhabulo holds the record as the first Ugandan to score a double century.

DEATH

KAMPALA - Yona Wapakhabulo lived for cricket and certainly, personalities of this caliber deserve to be immortalised.

The former fast pace bowler was pronounced dead Monday having suffered a bacterial infection (infective Endocarditis) that damaged his heart and lungs.

A son to the late politician James Wapakhabulo is hailed as one of the best Ugandan cricketers of all time.

His records in the gentleman’s game stand out following his illustrious career from the glorious days at King's College Budo.

A versatile cricketer, Wapakhabulo holds the record as the first Ugandan to score a double century.

He was exceptional with the ball, bat and gloves throughout his playing career that started at Budo. He was also a former alumnus of Makerere College School.

“Saddened by the passing of a person I share my childhood memories with. His death leaves a void in the old Budonian family of which he was an important senior member.” said Patrick Ibembe, the president of Mwiri Old Boys Association.

He shared a special bond with Mwirians as well.

Coming from a popular family, his brother Lumumba Waphakabulo was an integral part in the Mwiri cricket team that impressively held an unbeaten run in the Schools Cricket Week from 1993-2001.

In the National League, the former national cricketer played for Wanderers and Tornado.

The late PR Communications guru with WMC Africa is survived by four children.

EMAIL: kbalikuddembe@newvision.co.ug

TWITTER: @casozi14

 

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