File: This file photograph taken on February 04, 2014 in Marseille reveals former president of Marseille soccer membership “l’Olympique de Marseille” Pape Diouf. Pape Diouf, 68-year-old died after contracting the COVID-19 illness, his familly introduced on March 31, 2020. Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP
Former Marseille, President Pape Diouf, has died aged 68 after contracting the brand new coronavirus, a household supply instructed AFP on Tuesday.
Diouf, who was born in Chad however had French and Senegalese citizenship, led the membership between 2005-2009 and helped construct the aspect who lifted the Ligue 1 title in 2010.
He was hospitalised in Senegal after contracting the virus there and have become the nation’s first COVID-19 fatality.
Diouf had been on account of depart for Good earlier on Tuesday to be handled in France, however a pointy deterioration in his well being — which noticed him positioned on a respirator — prevented him from boarding the aircraft.
Diouf was additionally a journalist and soccer agent earlier than taking up on the Stade Velodrome.
Shifting to Marseille aged 18, he was set on a profession within the navy, however quickly switched paths.
After finding out on the prestigious Sciences Po in Paris, he labored on the La Marseillaise newspaper earlier than turning into a soccer agent, most notably for Didier Drogba, who enthralled the Velodrome in 2003-04.
He later grew to become president at Marseille, “a difficult post, where there were very few men from diverse backgrounds,” stated Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the membership’s present president.
“But he fought tooth and nail, and won the hearts of thousands of supporters.”
Diouf himself was aware of the shortage of variety on the administration degree, telling an interviewer in 2008 that the actual fact he was the one black president of a top-tier European membership was “a painful observation.”
“Pape will remain in the hearts of the Marseillais forever, as one of the great architects in the club’s history,” Marseilles stated in a press release.
Senegal President Macky Sall additionally paid tribute to “a great figure of sport” on Twitter.
“To his family, I offer, on behalf of the nation, my deepest condolences.”