Bana Ali: Somalia basketball legend dies of COVID-19

Bana Ali: Somalia basketball legend dies of COVID-19

- Bana Ali had been admitted at a London hospital for weeks prior to his death

- Ali was a celebrated personality and leader among the Somali community

- Reports suggest he passed away from complications stemming from coronavirus

Renowned Somali basketball player and activist Engineer Bana Ali has passed away.

Ali died in London where he was receiving treatment before eventually succumbing to complications from the coronavirus.

Reports indicate Bali had been hospitalized for several weeks due to the coronavirus prior to his death.

He was one of the most respected leaders in the Somali community particularly in the UK and in the days leading up to his demise, he led tributes online of fellow Somalis who succumbed to the virus.

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Ali was only in his late 40s before his death and was a role model to most people in Somali.

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He served the Somali Basketball Federation as a senior member and was a committee member of FIBA Africa.

Earlier, reported that Former Hearts of Oak captain, Joseph Kpakpo Oti Ankrah who is popularly known as Joe Dakota, has died in the US.

The unfortunate event is said to have happened on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at Silver Spring, Maryland after the 84-year-old former footballer suffered kidney problem.

Joe Dakota played in central defence for Hearts of Oak between 1960 and 1970.

Dakota captained Hearts of Oak for very long time and played as a defender.

It was gathered that the talented defender relocated to the United States after his football career together with the likes of the late Alhaji Hearts.

His granddaughter Abigail Otua confirmed that the former defender died from kidney failure caused by his many years of battle with diabetes.

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"My family and I are very upset about the news going around about how my grandpa passed away. The information and my grandpa passing from the Covid-19 virus is false," Abigail Otua told

"My grandpa passed away from kidney failure due to diabetes. His kidneys failed him and that was the cause of his unfortunate death," she added.

His death came days after earlier reported that Emmanuel Harrison, Ghanaian amateur footballer, was confirmed dead in Italy.

According to reports, Harrison was confirmed dead on Monday, March 30, 2020 after he was hospitalized for 10 days.

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