The African football fraternity lost a hardworking personality Augustin Sidy Diallo, the president of the Ivorian Football Federation. He contracted Covid-19 and died on Saturday.
The virus prevented Diallo from accompanying the Ivory Coast’s national team in this month’s African Cup of Nations qualifying double header against Madagascar.
It was announced earlier in 2020 that Diallo would leave his post as president of the Ivorian Football Federation after serving two mandates. Under Diallo’s presidency, the Ivory Coast won the 2015 African Cup of Nations.
Several celebrities from the African and world football world paid him vibrant tributes. The international Samuel Eto’o was not left out of the tributes.
Through a post on social networks, the former FC Barcelona striker recognized in the illustrious disappeared, an enduring man who marked Ivorian and African football.
“You marked football”
“In our last interview, I used all my verb to try to convince you to stay in what you called ‘your complicated world’: the world of football. You were certainly right, president. However, I have always believed that beyond sports politics, it is a duty to try to change things. You tried, even against the greatest, and you succeeded. You have marked Ivorian and African football with your determination and your desire to seek excellence for this beautiful country. Despite all the obstacles, and often without subsidies, you knew how to achieve your goals, namely, to fight for what is right for the football of your country. “Posted Eto’o.
Go and rest in peace!
“I’m so proud of you president. You have been an example, and I hope that your fellow presidents of African federations will follow you, because you have shown to the world that all federations are equal! As you leave us, Africa needs more than ever that courage, that vision, that determination and that leadership that has characterized you so well. (…). It was my great honor to know you and to be around you President. Go and rest in peace! Wrote the former captain of the Indomitable Lions.