Kofi Annan, the deceased former United Nations Secretary-General made a name for himself in international civil service and diplomacy but other fields felt his impact.
Sports is one such area, subsequently, in the heavy flood of tributes in the wake of his demise, sports men and women and administrators have not been left out.
Indeed, Anna was seen as a crucial force in bringing the World Cup to Africa for the first time when South Africa hosted it in 2010.
Then Secretary-General Annan, delivered a speech at the official presentation of the FIFA World Cup 2010 logo in Berlin city centre, July 7, 2006. He also interfaced with FIFA on a number of occasions at their headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, meeting then FIFA president Sepp Blatter often.
Condolences from SAFA on the passing away of former UN sec-gen Kofi Annan.
The former UN chief played a critical role in mobilising the world in embracing the FIFA 2010 World Cup.
— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) August 18, 2018
Blatter was among the first to issue words of condolence to ‘his friend’ in a tweet. The FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, formerly a UN employee also hailed Annan describing him as an icon.
There is a list of especially African footballers who crowned Annan with gold for his commitment to global peace and justice. Across the continent, two Brazalian greats weighed in, Pele and Ronaldinho shared views on ‘The Kofi Annan effect.’
Africanews continues its series on ‘The Kofi Annan effect’ looking specifically at how the world of football felt impacted by his demise.
Deeply touched by the passing away of Kofi Annan. Not only the world and Africa have lost a great leader for peace and humanity, but I have lost a friend. R.I.P. #Kofi Annan #Africa #UN #Noble Price #CAF
— Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) August 18, 2018
1/4 It was with sadness that I learned of the demise of— Fatma Samoura (fatma_samoura) August 18, 2018
KofiAnnana man of strong spirit. I was privileged to serve UN under his term as
UNSec. General & saw first hand how he inspired respect & admiration. His promotion of peace & human rights made him an icon. pic.twitter.com/emu6qs6Ead
Kofi Annan understood the value of sport. Despite everything that divides nations, sport is one of the tools that can bring us together. //— Pelé (Pele) August 18, 2018
KofiAnnanentendia o valor do esporte. Apesar de tudo que divide as nações, o esporte é uma das ferramentas que podem nos unir. #KofiAnnan pic.twitter.com/xozpfnJOQO
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family Koffi Annan
Rest In Peace?to a Wiseman ?? pic.twitter.com/9ukVDLXxiR
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) August 18, 2018
Vá em paz, Kofi Annan ?? Um dos grandes líderes que tive a honra de conhecer. Você sempre estendeu a mão com compaixão e empatia para todos os povos. Que sirva de exemplo para todos os governantes. pic.twitter.com/eW3J2UBvnd
— Ronaldinho Gaúcho (@10Ronaldinho) August 19, 2018
Key dates in the life of Kofi Attah Annan
1 – 1938: Born in Kumasi, Ghana’s second city, seat of the Ashanti kingdom
2 – 1962: Starts working at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland
3 – 1965: Weds Titi Alakija. They have two children, a boy and a girl
4 – 1984: Marries Nane Lagergren, having divorced a year earlier
5 – 1991: Twin sister Efua dies
6 – 1993: Becomes head of U.N. peacekeeping operations
7 – 1997: Appointed seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations
8 – 2001: Wins Nobel Peace Prize
9 – 2006: Steps down as secretary-general after 10 years
10 – 2012: Becomes UN/Arab League Joint Special Envoy on the Syrian crisis
11- 2013: Made chair of The Elders, a peace and human rights advocacy group
12 – 2016: Leads the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, Myanmar
— Kalusha Bwalya (@KalushaPBwalya) August 18, 2018
RIP KOFI ANNAN SAD SAD SAD. pic.twitter.com/K3hyEivl6E
— Kanu Nwankwo (@papilokanu) August 19, 2018
Rest in Perfect Peace Sir , you will forever be remembered for your selfless leadership & service to humanity ?????? pic.twitter.com/RKZtO5DIrS
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) August 18, 2018
Incredibly sad day to wake up to the news that the wonderful Kofi Annan is no longer with us – he was an extraordinary individual who committed his life to guiding the world to a better place.
Rest well Sir,Ghana and Africa is proud of you.?? pic.twitter.com/9R9g7FZGGJ
— André Ayew (@AyewAndre) August 18, 2018
— Kofi Annan (@KofiAnnan) July 7, 2015