Somalia football legend dies at age 59 after receiving coronavirus

LONDON, UK – The African Football Association (CAF) and the Somali Football Association (SFF) have announced that Somali legend Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah was killed after suffering from coronavirus.

Farah died at a north-west London hospital on Tuesday after testing positive against the deadly virus last week. He was 59.
Prior to his death, Farah acted as advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sport in Somalia.

Farah was born in the city of Beledweyne, about 342 kilometers north of the capital Mogadishu, on February 15, 1961. His football career dates back to 1976 when he first appeared in the national school’s soccer tournament.

He was promoted to a regional level representing his 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 the Batroolka Football Club where he had a brilliant playing career until the late 1980s.

Farah becomes the first African football star to be lost to the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed over 20,000 lives worldwide.

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