Zidane donates medical equipment to his hometown in Algeria

Zhu Mandan


Zinedine Zidane delivers a speech as the newly appointed Real Madrid's head coach at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, March 11, 2019. /VCG

Real Madrid head coach and former France international Zinedine Zidane has donated medical equipment to his hometown in Bejaia province, northeast of Algeria, to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

According to an official statement on Thursday, the donation came through the Zinedine Zidane charity foundation.

The equipment included five beds equipped with intensive care devices and artificial ventilation devices to assist the hospitals in their efforts to address the coronavirus spread.

Governor Ahmed Maabed thanked the chairman of the foundation, Ismael Zidane, father of the Real Madrid coach, for the donation.

Algeria's coronavirus death toll has reached 235, along with 1,666 infected cases across the country.

Zinedine Zidane, who led France to victory in the 1998 World Cup, was born in Marseille, France in 1972, and belongs to a family that immigrated from Bejaia province in Algeria decades ago.