Former Senegalese Footballer Papa Bouba Diop Dies Aged 42

Former Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has died at the age of 42 after a long illness, local media and the West African state’s football federation said on Sunday.

Diop is best known in his native country for scoring the winning goal against then defending champions France in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup.

He went on to score twice more in a 3-3 group-stage with Uruguay as the Senegalese squad went on to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament before they were knocked out by Turkey.

Diop also featured at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, including when Senegal were runners-up in 2002 when they lost to Cameroon on penalties.

He won the 2008 FA Cup with Portsmouth in a club career that included stints at French club Lens, Fulham, West Ham United and Birmingham City. He retired in 2013.

Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, called Diop’s death “a great loss for Senegal” while Liverpool’s Senegal midfielder Sadio Mane wrote on his Instagram: “Pape Bouba, it was with a broken heart that we learned of your (death). Know that you will forever remain in our hearts even if you left without saying goodbye to us.”

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