GPTV SPORTS DESK: Former African footballer Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah passed away after suffering from coronavirus, announced The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Somali Football Federation (SFF).
Somali legend Farah died at a Northwest London Hospital on Tuesday after testing positive for the virus last week. He was 59.
Farah was acting as an advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sport in Somalia.
Born in the city of Beledweyne, about 342 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu on February 15, 1961, Farah’s football career dates back to 1976 when he first appeared in the national school’s football tournament.
Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah represented his home Hiiraan region in the 1979 regional football tournament.
After showcasing his talent in the regional tournament, Farah was recruited by Batroolka Football Club where he had an illustrious playing career until late 1980s.
Somali legend Farah becomes the first African football star to have lost to coronavirus pandemic, which has so far claimed more than 20,000 lives across the world.