Former Senegal star Papa Bouba Diop dies at 42

Former Senegal star Papa Bouba Diop dies at 42
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Former Senegal star Papa Bouba Diop dies at 42

Former Senegal star Papa Bouba Diop dies at 42

Papa Bouba Diop, a star of Senegal’s well-known World Cup marketing campaign in 2002, has died. 

Diop, 42, had reportedly been battling a long-term sickness. 

The previous midfielder performed for 4 totally different golf equipment in England, having fun with spells at Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Birmingham Metropolis after impressing in France for Lens. 

In a Twitter assertion on Sunday, Lens mentioned: “It’s with nice disappointment that Racing Membership de Lens have simply realized of the passing of their former participant Papa Bouba Diop, on the age of 42. 

“We provide our deepest condolences to his family members.”

Diop is finest remembered for serving to Senegal to succeed in the quarter-finals of the World Cup 18 years in the past. He scored the one objective of the sport as they surprised reigning champions France 1-0 within the opening match in Seoul. 

He scored twice extra in a 3-3 draw with Uruguay as Senegal progressed from the group stage earlier than beating Sweden within the final 16. 

Their outstanding run was ended by Turkey, who triumphed 1-0 to progress by way of to the semi-finals. 

Diop started his profession in Senegal with ASC Diaraf earlier than taking part in in Switzerland for Vevey, Neuchatel Xamax and Grasshoppers, profitable the Tremendous League title in 2001. 

He additionally spent a season in Greece with AEK Athens, the place he gained the Greek Cup in 2010-11, three years after lifting the FA Cup with Portsmouth. 

Diop, who gained 63 senior caps for his nation, was additionally a part of the crew that reached the ultimate of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2002, the place they misplaced to Cameroon on penalties.

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