Somalia football legend Mohamed Farah on Tuesday succumbed to Covid-19 while undergoing treatment at a London hospital.
CAF relayed the news of the passing away of the former Somali international in a press statement released on Wednesday. They quoted the Somali FA as having confirmed the death.
Somali FA had earlier tweeted the news as they condoled with the 59-year-old who had been living in the United Kingdom after fleeing sectarian violence in his homeland.
"SFF president, Abdiqani Said Arab, has commiserated with the bereaved family on the demise of Farah, who was an advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sport," they tweeted.
Somalia lost football legend Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah to Coronavirus. The legend died at a hospital in London where he was admitted last week. The SFF sends condolence to his family, relatives and the entire Somali football family.— Somali FA (@SomaliFA) March 24, 2020
Farah was born on 15 February 1961 in the city of Beledweyne, about 342 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu. His football career dates back to 1976 when he first appeared in the national schools' football tournament.
He got promoted to the 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 Batroolka Football Club where he had an illustrious playing career until late 1980s.
For the past four years, he served as an advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sport of the Federal Government of Somalia.