Papa Bouba Diop passes away at 42

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Former Senegal international, Papa Bouba Diop, has died following a long illness at the age of 42.

Diop was part of the Teranga Lions side that stunned reigning world champions France 1-0 in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup, scoring the only goal of the game to secure one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition.

Senegal ultimately reached the quarter-final of the tournament, with Diop going on to score twice in the West Africans’ 3-3 group-stage draw with Uruguay before they were eventually eliminated by Turkey in the final eight.

He was the Lions’ top scorer at the tournament, and would end his international career with 63 caps, scoring 11 goals, and having featured at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments including when Senegal were defeated finalists in 2002.

The midfielder spent the best part of a decade in English football following his arrival at Fulham from Racing Club de Lens in 2004, going on to represent Portsmouth, West Ham United and Birmingham City before retiring in 2013. He made a total of 129 Premier League appearances.

Source: kemifilani.ng

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