Great mourning for a legend of African football: Papa Bouba Diop has died at the age of 42, according to an official statement from FIFA. The former midfielder gained international fame as the first scorer at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
Diop led Senegal to a sensational victory in the opening game with his goal against the French national team, which is peppered with superstars like Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry. After all, France went into the tournament as the reigning world champion.
Papa Bouba Diop played for RC Lens and Fulham FC in his career. The clubs already expressed their condolences after the first reports about the death of the ex-national player via Twitter. “Rest in peace, wardrobe”, wrote the Premier League club based on his nickname. The cause of death of the 42-year-old is said to be “a long illness”, according to consistent media reports.