November 27, 2020

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General Seyi Memene dies, CAF President hails African governing body’s former VP

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General Seyi Memene died on Saturday morningCAF President Ahmad Ahmad has paid a moving tribute to the former Vice President of the organisation General Seyi Memene who died in his native Togo on Saturday morning.African football was thrown into a deep state of mourning on Saturday when one of the longest serving members of the continental football governing body died.The man died early on Saturday following a long battle with illness.The former Minister of the Interior of the West African state served as the deputy of former CAF boss Issa Hayatou for ages before retiring from his position.At the time of his death he was the CAF Honorary Vice President having retired from the position in 2011 and served as a former FA President of Togo.The former CAF First Vice President received CAF Golden Order of Merit upon his retirement after years of dedication and commitment to African football.”General Memene will remain in our hearts as one of the great architects of our institutions history. He contributed to the writing of one of CAF’s most beautiful stories,” CAF President Ahmad said in a moving tribute to former top Togo military general on Saturday.Ahmad paid him the deserved tribute for “his inestimable contribution t o the development of African football in general, and Togolese football in particular”My sincere thoughts of support and solidarity are with the family of General Memene for the loss of this great figure, Ahmad added.The former Minister of the Interior, General Seyi Mmne is no more. The man died this Saturday, November 21, 2020 following a long illness, we learn.Apart from the African football family, the Togolese army is also in mourning as he was one its retired high ranking officers.The illustrious soldier also served his country in the army for decades before retiring. He embraced the army profession at the age of 18 under the French colony in 1958.He formed a great friendship with the late Togolese president Nyassingbe Etienne Eyadema, following a military assignment in Niger in 1953.