Senegalese world cup hero Diop dies at 42

He was the Lions’ top scorer at the tournament, and would end his international career with 65 caps, having featured at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, including when Senegal were defeated finalists in 2002.

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Former Senegal International Papa Bouba Diop (42) has been confirmed dead after a long illness.

Diop became a national hero when he scored the goal which saw Senegal beat France 1-0 in their opening World Cup game in 2002.

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 65 caps, 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.

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