Somalia football legend Mohamed Farah dies a week after contracting Covid-19


Mohamed Farah becomes the first African football star to be lost to the coronavirus that has claimed lives of more than 21,000 people worldwide. 

Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah (Twitter/@SomaliFA)

Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah (Twitter/@SomaliFA)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah passed away at the age of 59 in a London hospital
  • Farah had contracted Covid-19 last week
  • The Somalia player becomes the first African football star to be lost to the coronavirus

Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah passed away at the age of 59 in a London hospital after contracting Covid-19, said the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Somali Football Federation (SFF).

Farah, who was admitted at the Northwest London hospital, succumbed to the disease a week after testing positive. The Somalia player becomes the first African football star to be lost to the coronavirus that has claimed lives of more than 21,000 people worldwide.

Farah started his playing career 44 years ago when he first appeared in the national school’s football tournament. He then went on to represent his home region home Hiiraan region in the 1979 regional football tournament.

He has an illustrious career with Batroolka FC in the Horn of Africa region until the late 1980s.

After his playing career, Farah was acting as an advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sport in Somalia.

The cornavirus pandemic has led to suspension of nearly every sporting event in the world. The Tokyo Olympics have also been postponed by a year.

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