Former African footballer, Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah has reportedly died after testing positive to coronavirus.
Farah passed away at the age of 59 in a London hospital after contracting coronavirus. The news was confirmed by the Somali Football Federation.
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.
The regional tournament became a platform for him to showcase his talent and from there he was recruited by Batroolka Football Club where he had an illustrious playing career until late 1980s.
For the past four years, he served as an advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sport of the Federal Government of 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.