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Sofapaka coach John Baraza leads tributes to fallen captain Johnson Bagoole

08:41 IST 22/06/2018
Johnson Bagoole tackle Aziz Okaka of Sofapaka.
Batoto ba Mungu President Elly Kalekwa described the fallen Ugandan as a hardworking player

Sofapaka coach John Baraza led Kenyans in paying their tributes to fallen captain Johnson Bagoole, who passed on after being diagnosed with meningitis.

Bagoole was pronounced dead on Thursday at Lira Regional Referral Hospital after succumbing to Cryptococcal Meningitis.

"Very sad for us as Sofapaka family, we are in mourning; hit by the news that Baagole is no more. Rest in peace Ssebo.

“A good-hearted man,  at one time buying a full set of uniform for Sofapaka under 20. He was really a likable and respected figure during his time at Sofapaka,” said Baraza of the fallen Bagoole.

Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa described Bagoole as a hardworking player. “I have no words as Bagoole was a dedicated player when he played for my team. He was very disciplined, the reason why he captained my side. I am lost for words," Kalekwa told Goal.

Sony Sugar goalkeeper John Waw also joined in paying his tribute to the departed captain. “Very sad news that you are no more. A man you could admire watching play and also enjoy playing against.”

Bagoole launched his career at Iganga Town Council before joining Express. He featured for Uganda Cranes for around twenty times both in Afcon and World Cup qualifiers.

He also played for AS Vita and Bukavu clubs, the latter being a club in Eastern DR Congo.

Bagoole had two stints with Sofapaka, helping the team win the 2014 Shield in his first season and aided them to survive the axe from the top flight in 2016.