Ex-Somali footballer Abdulkadir Biriq succumbs to COVID-19 in London
LONDON, UK (HOL) – Former Somali football player and current youths trainer Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah Biriq has dies in London from COVID-19. He is the first Somali died for the diseas in London.
Source close to his family confirmed his death to HOL. According to the family, Biriq had been in intensive care for the last 10 days.
The family added the deceased, a renown footballer contracted the deadly virus while serving as Uber driver in London.
Besides operating transport business in London, Biriq was a football trainer supporting several youths in the city build their careers in football.
Born and bred in Beled weyn, Hiiraan region, Biriq grew to be an established sports personality particularly in football.
He first represented Hiiraan Region in the regional competition held every year in Mogadishu and later joined “Batroolka”, one of the top national teams in Somalia in 1980s.
He moved to London during the 90s where he stayed until his death. Biriq was well linked person who usually attended Somali sports gatherings around the world. He also graced the Somali Week Festival in Toronto where he met some of his former team mates.