Anthony Baffoe has described Pape Diouf as a “pioneer in so many things concerning football” after the former Olympique Marseille president succumbed to Covid-19.
Diouf - who served as Marseille president between 2005 and 2009 - died at the age of 68 after contracting the virus.
The Senegalese headed the Ligue 1 club for five years before he was succeeded by Jean-Claude Dassier.
Former Ghana international and the deputy general secretary of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Baffoe took to Twitter to mourn his exit.
Cameroon and Barcelona football icon Samuel Eto’o also joined a plethora of former footballer to express their pain after his death.
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“You take the best of this beautiful continent. Have a good rest boss,” Eto'o posted with a video on Instagram.
Diouf's death is the latest blow to a football world that has been on a hiatus thanks to the coronavirus crisis across the globe.