Pape Diouf: Former Marseille president dies after losing battle to COVID-19

Pape Diouf: Former Marseille president dies after losing battle to COVID-19

- Pape Diouf has died after suffering from Coronavirus complications

- The ex-Marseille president gave up the ghost in his homeland Senegal

- Diouf was president of Ligue 1 side Marseille from 2005 to 2009

Pape Diouf, former Marseille president has passed on due to complications from Coronavirus.

The 68-year-old has been under watch in his native home in Senegal after showing various symptoms of COVID-19.

He eventually died when his family were about to take him from Dakar to France for further treatment.

Ligue 1 side Marseille made a statement on their official Twitter handle on the passing away of Diouf: "Olympique de Marseille learned with great sadness of the death of Pape Diouf," the statement read.

"Pope will remain forever in the hearts of Marseillais as one of the great craftsmen of the history of the club.

"Our condolences to his family and loved ones."

Diouf was president of Marseille from 2005 and 2009 and the French side were doing well under him but did not land a league title.

Marseille's highest position in Ligue 1 under Diouf was second and their lowest finish was fifth.

Diouf worked as a journalist covering activities surrounding the club before he became president.

He became a football agent representing top stars like Joseph-Antoine Bell, Marcel Desailly, Basile Boli, William Gallas, Samir Nasri and Didier Drogba.

Diouf was then considered to become president of the club in 2005 having managed Desailly, Gallas, Drogba and Nasri who are at one point in their careers played for the club.

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