CAF would like to express our deepest condolences following the death of former Olympique Marseille president Mababa ‘Pape’ Diouf, who passed away on Tuesday (31 March 2020) in Dakar, Senegal, after contracting the deadly coronavirus. He was 68.
“Pape Diouf was an extraordinary man and his life speaks for him. He’ll stay as a glory for our sport and a pride for Africa. I wish to extend sincere condolences to his family and friends,” said CAF President Ahmad Ahmad.
A man of many parts, Diouf rose to become the first black president of a top European club, leading French side Olympique Marseille in 2005.
He started as a journalist and later as a football agent with the likes of Marcel Desailly, Basile Boli, Khalilou Fadiga, Samir Nasri and Didier Drogba among his long list of clients.
Diouf was a regular guest at the Africa Cup of Nations often as a co-commentator or analyst.