Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Kano Pillars, are in deep mourning following the death of its former chairman, Alhaji Danlami Hamza.
Kano Pillars in a statement on Monday said the late Hamza died on Sunday after a brief illness.
However, sources said the former lawmaker died of COVID-19.
Hamza, who was said to have been admitted on Saturday at a COVID-19 isolation centre at Kwanar Dawaki in Kano, died on Sunday afternoon.
The club in a condolence message signed by current chairman, Alhaji Surajo Shuaibu Jambul expressed their shocked and sadness over the demise of the former chairman of the club.
Surajo described the former chairman, who previously served the people of Fagge LGA at the Federal House of Representatives as a hard-working and committed person who sacrificed his life in nation building.
The chairman then on behalf of the players, technical crew, management board and the entire fans of the club extended their condolences to the immediate family of the deceased and Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
He maintained that contributions of late Alhaji Danlami Hamza towards the development of Kano Pillars FC cannot be overemphasized and would not be forgotten in the history of the club.
He prayed to Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and urged his family to bear the loss.
The former lawmaker represented Fagge Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2011 on the platform of the defunct All Peoples Party.