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Pape Diouf ,the first African president of Olympic Marseille dies of Covid19.

Mababa Pape Diouf  talking  to Olympic Marseille  fans  Photo courtesy

Former Olympic marseille  president  and the first  African to be the President  of  a top European  club Mababa  Pape  Diouf  died in Dakar Senegal  after contracting the  deadly  pandemic  Corona Virus   yesterday.

Tragic news of Pape  Diouf’s death  were reported by Senegalese  National  television and confirmed  by  his  relatives  on Tuesday.

Pape  Diouf was  born in  1951 in Chad by Senegalese  parents  who later  moved  back  and raised him in  their  native homeland Senegal.

Pape  moved to  France  in 1969 to study and after studies he became  a sports  journalist working  closely with  Olympic marseille.  He later  became  an agent  representing  a number of  famous  players  such as   Cameroonian  goalkeeper  Joseph Antoine  Bell,Basile Boli,  Marshal   Desailly  Didier Drogba,  William  Ghalas ,Sami Nasri and many others.

While  serving  as CEO  in  2005 ,Pape  Diouf  was named the president  of Olympic  Marseille  a position   he held  till June 2009.

By the time of  his death  he had returned to  Senegal  to stay with his family .

His former  club has already  come up with  Condolences  messages  that reads   ” Olympic marseille  learned the great  Sadness of  the death of  Pape Diouf” . And the Statement  goes on to say   ” Pape will remain  forever  in the hearts  of Marseillais as one  of the greatest  craftsmen of the history  of the club ”



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