Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew have penned an emotional tribute to late Pape Diouf.
The Senegalese, who was a former president of Olympique Marseille, passed away aged 68 on Tuesday due to complications from the coronavirus.
Diouf became the first black president of a first-tier European football club having assumed the position as the Ligue 1 club’s head in 2005.
As the world continues to mourn his passing, the Ayew brothers – sons of the legendary Abedi Pele – who began their professional career at the Stade Velodrome, took to social media to grieve over their mentor’s death.
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Je n’ai pas de mots pour exprimer la peine que j’éprouve à l annonce de cette terrible nouvelle, tellement de souvenirs me reviennent en mémoire . Tu as été un grand père , un père mais avant tout mon mentor et même bien plus que ça, tu as été mon tuteur legal quand je suis arrivé en France à l âge de 14 ans.Tu m’as accueilli ,tu as pris soin de moi , tu m’as soutenu et accompagné dans la poursuite de mon rêve celui de devenir footballeur professionnel. A chaque étape tu répondais présent , je me souviens encore quand je rentrai dans ton bureau et que tu me demandais des explications au sujet de mes notes à l école que tu ne trouvais pas satisfaisantes … Tu n’as jamais fais de moi un privilégié tu m’as appris que pour obtenir quelque chose dans la vie il faut se battre et se donner les moyens par soi même. Je ne pourrai jamais assez te remercier pour tout ce que tu as fais pour moi, mon père, mon frère et toute ma famille . En écrivant , ce message tellement d’images me reviennent à l’esprit… que je ne pourrai pas les décrire en quelques lignes. Beaucoup ton connu en tant que journaliste, agent ,président, le premier noir à être président d un club de football de 1er division en Europe, mais pour moi tu représentais beaucoup plus que ça et il m est difficile aujourd’hui de te dire au revoir. Tu as été, tu es et tu resteras un Grand Monsieur , un très Grand Monsieur puisse ton âme repose en Paix . RIP PAPE DIOUF.❤️🤲🏾
“I have no words to express the pain I feel at the news of this terrible news, so many memories come to my mind,” Andre wrote on Instagram.
“You were a grandfather, a father but above all my mentor and even much more than that, you were my legal tutor when I arrived in France at the age of 14 years. You welcomed me, you took care of me, you supported and accompanied me in the pursuit of my dream of becoming a professional footballer.
“At each step you were present, I still remember when I came back to your office and you asked me for explanations about my grades at school that you did not find satisfactory.
“You never made me privileged, you taught me that to get something in life you have to fight and give yourself the means.
“I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done for me, my father, my brother and all my family.
“As I write this message, so many images come to my mind that I will not be able to describe them in a few lines.
“You are known as a journalist, agent, president, the first black man to be president of a first division football club in Europe, but for me you represented much more than that and it is difficult for me today to tell that, until we meet again.
“You have been, you are and you will remain a great gentleman, a very great gentleman. May your soul rest in peace. RIP Pape Diouf.”
In the same vein, Crystal Palace forward Jordan accentuated his brother’s points before bidding his goodbye.
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Absolutely heartbroken 💔💔💔 Rest in Peace Pape Diouf. My uncle, father, grandfather and godfather. My mentor 🙏🏼 I can’t thank you enough for all you did for me, Andre, my father and my family. Today is one of the saddest days of my life to hear of your passing. Words are not enough 💔💔
“Rest in Peace Pape Diouf. My uncle, father, grandfather and godfather,” Jordan wrote.
“My mentor, I can’t thank you enough for all you did for me, Andre, my father and my family.
“Today is one of the saddest days of my life to hear of your passing. Words are not enough.”
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