FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter sent a letter to Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou, offering condolences after the passing Dr. Abdel Halim Mohamed, an honorary member of FIFA and a trailblazer in African football.
"He will be sorely missed for his great intellect, determination and dedication by those whose lives he touched, whether on a personal level or as a result of the prodigious contribution he made within CAF during its emergence after 1956," said Blatter.
Dr. Mohamed was the first president of the Sudan Football Association, a key figure in the development of CAF and African football in general. Widely regarded as a man of great passion and dedication to the principles of the beautiful game, Dr. Mohamed's contributions in the area of development on the African continent will not soon be forgotten.
"In the name of the international football community, we would like to pass on our sincerest condolences to the people of Africa, particularly the family and close friends of Dr. Abdel Halim Mohamed," Blatter went on. "You may rest assured that our thoughts and sympathy are with you all this time of sadness."