Covid-19: FKF mourns death of Ivory Coast FA chief Diallo

Covid-19: FKF mourns death of Ivory Coast FA chief Diallo

Football Kenya Federation on Sunday joined Africa’s football fraternity in mourning the death of Ivory Coast Football Association president Augustin Sidy Diallo.

Diallo died on Saturday over reported Covid-19 related complications.

In its condolences message, FKF president Nick Mwendwa termed the death as a ‘painful moment’.

“It is with profound shock, that I have learnt the death of Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) President Augustin Sidy Diallo has passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 after an illness.

In this painful moment, on behalf of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Executive Committee, Kenya’s football family and on my own behalf, I wish to express our sincere condolences and deep sympathy to FIF, the whole Ivorian football community and to the family, friends and loved ones of the deceased.

I pay tribute to a great football man, a mentor, a father figure to us the young and upcoming soccer administrators on the African continent. It’s a big loss for Ivorian football and we extend our deepest sympathies.”

Diallo who was 61 at the time of his death was the Vice-president of FIF from 1991-1994, when they won their first African Cup of Nations Cup with the ,Elephants in 1992. In 2006, he was a key team member of the Ivorian federation that helped the country to qualify for their first Fifa World Cup.

He was re-elected the President of the Ivorian Football Federation in 2011 and helped them to win their second Africa Cup of Nations title in 2015.