It was with a great deal of sadness and emotions that CAF and its President Issa Hayatou learned about the passing away of Mr Abd-el-Hamid Kermali on April 13th. The Algerian football icon breathed his last, at the age of 81, in the town of Sétif.
The veteran player of the FLN football team (1958) and former coach of the national team had brought the Fennecs the Africa Cup of Nations in 1990. After having started his football journey at the USM Sétif, he had pursued his professional career in France in 1955; by joining clubs such as the FC Mulhouse, the AS Cannes, and the Olympique Lyonnais, with a total of 136 matches played.
He then went back to Algeria to join the FLN team and to make his country's voice heard. Mr Kermali later on assumed the duty of coaching several teams such as the ES Sétif, the MC Alger, and even the AS Marsa in Tunisia.
On behalf of the President Issa Hayatou, the CAF Executive Committee, as well as the African football family; the Confederation of African Football (CAF) extends its sincere condolences to the FAF, to the Algerian football community as a whole, as well as to the family of the deceased.