The monster – death has once again proved to be humanity’s worst enemy. As you read this, Harriet Apako, who was part of Uganda She Cranes world cup squad in Australia is dead.

Apako’s death comes as a shock as she has not been ill in the recent past. Her demise was communicated on Thursday morning by the land lady.

She had been admitted at Rubaga Hospital for Malaria for one week, the cause of the misfortune.

The 43-year-old center player has previously played for Cresent High School, National Insurance Corporation (NIC) and by the time of her death, she was featuring for Police netball club.

She started playing netball at the age of 12 years as trainee with Uganda Railways Corporation netball team. 

By 1990, URC coach Fred Mugerwa discovered potential in her, convincing her mother to let her fully participate in the team’s activities.

Apako was crowned Uspa Netballer of the Year in 1992 after she moved to Old Kampala SS. She later made it to Posta netball club in the same year and featured in  the regional club championships in Nairobi.

In 1993, She Cranes coach Margaret Bisereko called Apako to the national team ahead of the regional netball tournament in Nairobi and it was her grand debut before she later won regional title with the side in 1996 in Kampala.

The Netball star eventually joined National Insurance Corporation (NIC) netball side after URC was abandoned in 2002. Since she had witnessed win more than ten league titles.

She won Netballer of the Year again in 2004 and 2005. In 2011 all the best flowed in her career when the She Cranes scooped a gold medal at the All Africa Games held in Mozambique.

Her peak was participation in the recently concluded 2015 Netball World Cup in Australia where the She Cranes recorded their best ever finish having ranked eighth recorded their best ever finish having ranked eighth of the sixteen teams that took part.

Besides playing netball, Apako has also been also a handball player, still turning out for Police in the national league.

Burial details will be communicated.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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