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Senegal World Cup hero, Pape Bouba Diop dies at 42 after battling serious sickness

Former Senegalese footballer, Pape Bouba Diop died at the age of 42.

In line with reports, Bouba Diop had been affected by a long-time sickness before his demise. 

The midfielder grew to become a nationwide hero when he scored the goal which made Senegal beat France 1-0 of their opening World Cup game in the year 2002.

He first arrived in English football when he joined Fulham from Lens in 2004. He later joined Portsmouth in 2007 and after a stint with AEK Athens returned to the highest flight by becoming a member of West Ham in 2011.

After one season with the Hammers, he went ahead to join Birmingham City before being released in January 2013.

Diop received 63 caps for Senegal, scoring 11 goals together with his historic World Cup strike.

Barthélémy Dias, the mayor of Mermoz Sacré-Cœur in Senegal paid tribute to Bouba Diop on Sunday, writing on social media: :Thanks GAINDÉ for making us dream a lot.

“Your title will eternally be engraved within the Soccer Corridor of Fame alongside nice legends.

“Might God welcome you in his Paradise.”

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