The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has paid a glowing tribute to its former Executive Committee member Dr. Jamal Jaafari who died on Monday.
A minute’s silence was held in memory of the former Libya FA President before Monday’s matches at the ongoing Total African Nations Championship (CHAN), Cameroon 2020.
Interim CAF President Constant Omari hailed the top official, who was also the President of Libyan side Al Ittihad, following his death in Tripoli after contracting coronavirus.
“It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we learnt of the passing of one of our brothers Jamal Jaafari,” the acting leader of Africa’s football governing body, Omari, said.
“On behalf of the CAF Executive Committee, I would like to express our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones in this sad and painful period. Jamal Jaafari was one of us.”
Jaafari was one of the most prominent figures in Libyan football and was at time of his death the president of one of the biggest clubs in Libya.
He was born in the Libyan town of Gharyan in 1972, and worked as an agricultural engineer, banker and held a number of senior administrative positions in Libya and abroad.
The astute administrator was a two-time President of the Libyan Football Association – first from 2005-2009 before returning from 2017 to 2019 for his second stint.
Jaafari was elected president of the North African Football Association (UNAF) in March 2019.
He also served as a member of the CAF Executive Committee from February 2018 until July 2019.