Former Olympique de Marseille president Pape Diouf has died aged 68 after contracting the coronavirus.
Diouf, who was born in Chad but had French and Senegalese citizenship, led the club between 2005-2009 and helped build the side who lifted the Ligue 1 title in 2010.
He was hospitalized in Senegal after contracting the virus there and became the country’s first COVID-19 fatality.
“Pape will remain in the hearts of the Marseillais forever, as one of the great architects in the club’s history,” Marseille posted on Twitter.
Diouf was also a journalist and football agent before taking over at the Stade Velodrome.
Senegal President Macky Sall also paid tribute to a great figure of sport on Twitter.
By Ofhani Munyai