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Tunisian football icon, Hammadi Agrebi, passes on

Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia football legend, Hammadi Agrebi, died on Friday (21 August 2020) after a long battle with illness. He was 69.

According to the media channel of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Agrebi, born on 20 March 1951 in Sfax, donned the colours of CS Sfaxien for the entire 27 years of his playing career. He joined Sfaxien youth at the age of nine before signing his first professional contract in 1970.

Agrebi represented the Carthage Eagles in 35 caps scoring four goals, from 1972 to 1980. He was part of the Tunisia class of 1978 that took part in the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina, where he excelled as a spectacular midfielder, CAF recalled in a statement on Saturday.

His impressive performance and skills earned him the nickname “The Generations’ Magician”.

Agrebi spent his whole life in Sfax and refused to play for any other teams.

In his honour, a statue of him was erected outside Taib Mhiri Stadium in Sfax in 2017. Also, CS Sfaxien has retired the number 8 shirt from its squad in honour for their late player.

After his death, CS Sfaxien renamed sporting complex to “Hammadi Agrebi Complex” in his honour.

-0- PANA VAO 23Aug2020