Somalia sporting fraternity has been plunged into mourning following the death of football legend Mohamed Farah at the age of 59. 

Mohamed Farah is understood to have died from coronavirus on Tuesday, March 25, at the Northwest London hospital. 

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Born in Beledweyne in Hiiraan province, Farah began his football career while still in school before turning pro.

 Photo: CAF media. Source: UGC 

His tragic death came just days after he tested positive for the dreaded virus, with the Somalia football federation taking time to pay an impassioned tribute to the 59-year-old. 

"Somalia lost football legend Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah to Coronavirus. The legend died at a hospital in London where he was admitted last week," Somalia FA said in a tweet.

"The SFF sends condolence to his family, relatives and the entire Somali football family," the federation added. 

Goal.com reports, until his death, Mohamed Farah was acting as an advisor to the ministry of youth and sports in Somalia. 

Born in Beledweyne on February 15, 1961, in Hiiraan province, Farah began his football career while still in school before turning pro. 

He went on to represent Batroolka FC in the Horn of Africa region. Farah becomes the first African footballer to succumb to coronavirus currently ravaging the world.

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