DAKAR (SENEGAL) – Former president of Olympique de Marseille (French football league) Pape Diouf, 68, died of coronavirus.
His death was confirmed by RTS, the public television channel in Senegal.
Pape Diouf was to be repatriated from Dakar to Nice (south-eastern France) by plane, but his condition worsened and the aircraft was unable to take off. Diouf had been hospitalized in Dakar, suffering from coronavirus and undergoing respiratory assistance.
Just today he was to be transferred to France on a special flight chartered by the French embassy in Senegal and his family would join him in Nice.
Former journalist, agent of players and then head of the OM, from 2005 to 2009, Diouf had contributed in particular to bringing the French club to become champion of France in 2010, after 17 years without titles.
Pape Diouf was an authentic legend in Senegal, so many African footballers wanted to remember him on social networks.
Among them, also the defender of Napoli and the Senegalese National Kalidou Koulibaly.
Koulibaly wanted to remember Pape Diouf and all the others who died or are suffering from coronavirus.
Koulibaly wrote this on Instagram: “We will miss you so much president. A thought also for all the other coronavirus victims ”.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano