Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop dies aged 42

Former Senegalese International Papa Bouba Diop dies at de age of 42 years following a long illness.

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.

The former midfielder scored 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.

However, 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.

He featured at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments including when Senegal were defeated finalists in 2002.

Papa Bouba Diop spent the best part of a decade in English football following his arrival at Fulham from Racing Club de Lens in 2004.

He went on to represent Portsmouth, West Ham United and Birmingham City before retiring in 2013.

He made a total of 129 Premier League appearances.

He was a member of Harry Redknapp’s FA Cup-winning Pompey team who defeated Cardiff City 1-0 in the 2008 final.

He was introduced late on for Pedro Mendes in a match settled by Nwankwo Kanu’s 37th-minute goal.

ASC Diaraf graduate Diop was a Swiss champion during his early career with Grasshoppers.

He broke into the professional game with Neuchatel Xamax, and then went on to feature for Lens, where he was a Ligue 1 runner-up in 2002.

After leaving Portsmouth, he won the Greek Cup during a brief stint with AEK Athens.

He originally featured as a forward during his time in Switzerland but was converted into a midfielder later in his career

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