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RIP Papa Bouba Diop

Former Senegalese international footballer Papa Bouba Diop has sadly passed away.

Bouba Diop has reportedly been battling an illness for some time, and news of his death was reported on Sunday.

Bouba Diop was just 42. He played for Senegal 63 times and scored 11 goals, including the opening goal of the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, when Senegal beat France.

Born in Dakar, he began his football career in his home country, before moving to Switzerland to play for third tier club Vevey. He then moved to Neufchatel Xamax, before joining Grasshoppers, where he won the league.

After a spell at Lens in France, Bouba Diop joined Fulham in England.

From Fulham he moved to Portsmouth, where he won the FA Cup, before a spell in Greece with AEK Athens, and more silverware with the Greek Cup.

He then returned to England where he played for West Ham and Birmingham City.

Bouba Diop was a member of the Senegal team that finished runners-up at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations, losing to Cameroon in the final on penalties.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.