Egypt’s goalkeeping coach Mohamed Abdo has died of the novel coronavirus.
The 59-year-old goalkeeper trainer became the first high profile African football figure to have succumbed to the deadly virus that has since been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
Abdo was the goalkeeping coach at Egyptian Third Division side FC Badr.
He tested positive for Covid-19 and was undergoing treatment in Kafr El-Dawar, about 180 kilometres from capital Cairo, CAF online reported.
“The Egyptian football family is saddened by the news of his death. We send our condolences to his family. May they have patience during this difficult period”, EFA said in a statement.
Football activities are suspended in Egypt since mid-March due to the pandemic, with over 13,000 positive cases reported as at early this week.