Ex Senegal global, Papa Bouba Diop has been affirmed dead.
He dead in Paris in the wake of battling with a long sickness. The ex-Senegal worldwide, had a few stints across England, France, Greece and Switzerland.
He was one of the standout players for Senegal at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and Korea, scoring the only goal of the game against then defending champions France.
Diop, who made 63 appearances for the Teranga Lions, died at the age of 42. He also played for Fulham, West Ham, Portsmouth among other clubs.
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.
Victor Cisse, the secretary general of the Senegalese football federation, confirmed Diop’s death to AFP.
Senegal’s President Macky Sall said on Twitter on Sunday it was a “great loss” for the country.
Merci PAPA 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/LARyKajb7e
— CAF Media (@CAF_Media) November 29, 2020
FIFA is saddened to learn of the passing of Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop.
Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero. pic.twitter.com/akUJoPxCal
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 29, 2020