"I know that this cruel loss has brought immense sorrow and I would like you to know that the African football fraternity shares in this pain," Ahmad added.
Nobody will doubt Messi's commitment on the pitch, however, and he will again lead the side this Sunday in an attack which will probably also see Antoine Griezmann, who now has more responsibility following Suarez's departure, and Ansu Fati, who was virtually the only good news to come out of last season.
The 24-year-old striker has put to pen to paper on a five-year deal which binds him to the "Bulls" until June 2025.
Tianjin dominated the match with strong attacks from Chinese national team players Li Yingying and Wang Yuanyuan, while Hebei hardly created a threat in the first set.
Jiang Zhe (R) of Chongqing Dangdai Lifan vies the ball during the 12th round match between Chongqing Dangdai Lifan and Wuhan Zall at the postponed 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Suzhou Division in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Bo)
Real Madrid kicked off with a 0-0 draw away to Real Sociedad in their opening game, which again highlighted their problems in creating chances. Zinedine Zidane is still likely to be without Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio due to fitness problems, and there is a slight doubt over Martin Odegaard, who returned a positive COVID-19 test result, followed by a negative in a second test on Tuesday.
"This is unbelievable, standing here in Paris on the top of the podium. I never thought I would be here," he added.
Napoli also got their new season off to a good start as the Coppa Italia holder dominated Parma 2-0 with Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne on target.
Muto said that they have not reached any conclusion on any of the countermeasures and will "continue the discussion." Enditem
The Short Track Speed Skating World Cup, to be held in December, will be the first test event for Beijing 2022. Enditem
Mbappe won and converted a penalty in the 38th minute to put PSG in front and Angel Di Maria added another in first-half injury time after Mbappe's attempt was saved by Nice goalkeeper but the Argentine winger tucked the loose ball away from close range.