- Antonio Dumas, former Togo national team head coach, has been confirmed dead
- The Ex-Santos player gave up the ghost on Monday following a brief illness
- In 2002, he made headline after persuading five Brazil-born players to play for Togo's Sparrow-Hawks
Antonio Dumas, legendary Brazilian Togo’s coach, has tragically passed away after a brief illness in hospital in the Guinean capital, Conakry.
The legendary tactician, who also managed Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome, gave up the ghost on Monday, December 30, plunging the football fraternity into mourning.
According to a statement released by Guinean Football Federation announcing the death of Dumas, the 64-year-old coach of Guinean club AS Kaloum fell ill after his side's league win over Elephant Coleah.
"The Guinean Football Federation (Feguifoot) is deeply saddened to bring to the attention of the leaders of the Guinean professional football league, clubs and the large sports family of Guinea of the death of the coach of AS Kaloum Mr. Antonio Dumas," Feguifoot said in a statement.
"President Mamadou Antonio Souaré and all the members of the executive committee of the Féguifoot offer their most sad condolences to the family of the deceased, AS Kaloum as well as the large Guinean football."
"The remains of Antonio Dumas will be repatriated to Brazil where he will be buried, " the statement further said.
Dumas, ex-Santos star, became a big name in African football after guiding Guinean champions Kaloum to Guinea Cup victory in 2015, though he began his romance with Africa in 1998 with Gabon senior national team.
In 2002, he made headline after persuading five Brazil-born players to play for the Togo's Sparrow-Hawks.
The late Brazilian coach also managed several clubs in Brazil as well as in Sudan, Tunisia, Libya and Guinea.
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