Friday, January 15, 2021

Senegalese World Cup hero, Diop dies at 42

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Former Senegalese midfielder, Premier League star Papa Bouba Diop, has passed away at 42.

Bouba Diop had been suffering from a long-time illness, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

Diop became a national hero when he scored the goal which saw Senegal beat France 1-0 in their opening World Cup game in 2002.

The midfielder first arrived in English football when he joined Fulham from Lens in 2004, becoming known as “The Wardrobe” at Craven Cottage.

He joined Portsmouth in 2007 and after a stint with AEK Athens returned to the top flight by joining West Ham in 2011.

Diop won 63 caps for Senegal, scoring 11 goals including his historic World Cup strike.