The 68 – year – old first ever black president of Olympique Marseille – Pape Diouf died on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 in Dakar- Senegal from the complications of COVID-19 he contracted and thus became the first casualty of the deadly virus in Senegal. Diouf was a former journalist during his younger years as he worked for La Marseillaise newspaper after relocating to Marseille from Senegal at the age of 18. He changed his career to become a football agent along the line, the decision that enabled him manage great African talents like Didier Drogba. He joined Olympique Marseille as a General Manager in 2004 and became the club’s president in 2005. Diouf would manage the club between 2005 – 2009 and was deeply involved in the appointment of the “French World Cup – winning national coach Didier Deschamps” as Olympique Marseille’s coach in 2009.
He was such a great loss to Africa and our condolences go to his immediate family members, the football family in France and the Senegalese people in general. May his soul rest in peace.