Issa Hayatou mourns the passing of Algeria’s Abdelhamid Kermali

The Caf president has expressed his condolences to Algeria following the death of the former striker, coach and hero of the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations

Caf president Issa Hayatou on Monday sent a letter of condolence to the Algeria Football Federation following the death of the country’s football legend Abdelhamid Kermali.

The former striker and coach of the Fennec Foxes passed away on Saturday at the age of 81 in his hometown Setif.

“The Confederation of African Football, Caf, and its president Issa Hayatou learned with great emotion and sadness the death on April 13 of a “monument” of Algerian football, Mr Abdelhamid Kermali, at the age of 81 in Setif,” the Caf’s statement read.

“The former player of Olympique Lyonnais (1958) and former coach of the Algerian national team offered the Africa Cup of Nations in 1990 to Fennec Foxes,” it said.

Kermali, who also played for USM Alger and AS Cannes, was laid to rest on Sunday in Setif, where he began his career at USM Setif in 1948.