The Confederations of African football (CAF) has paid tribute to former UN Secretary General who died at the age of 80.
The Ghanaian national served as UN chief from 1997 to 2006 and is the only black African ever to hold the post.
Since then he has served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a solution to the conflict.
The career diplomat died in hospital in the Swiss city of Bern. He had been living near Geneva for several years.
He “passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness”, the Kofi Annan Foundation said.
He was a “deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world”, the statement added.
Below is the Tribute by CAF
Tribute to Kofi Anan
It is with sadness that in my capacity as President of the Confédération Africaine de
Football (CAF), I learned of the death Mr. Kofi Annan yesterday in Bern (Switzerland) at
the age of 80. He was an illustrious person of great African history and ex Secretary
General of the UN between 1997 and 2006.
A Diplomat, economist and statesman known for his legendary wisdom and good political
sense, Kofi Annan made his mark with his exceptional qualities of resolving international
conflicts, opening of dialogue in areas devastated by wars and conflicts, revolts and his
involvement in the development of the African continent of which he knew all the assets
Many times he helped bring people together and fostered peace. A keen football lover, he
often took made representations in major African football matches.
To his wife, Nane Lagergren and his three children, and on behalf of the great family of
African football, I offer my deepest condolences and assure them of support in such
Also, I address this tribute to the highest authorities of the Republic of Ghana, the
fatherland of the deceased.
May God bless his soul.