EbeneInfo – GB – Redknapp, Mane cite honors when ex-Fulham star Papa Bouba Diop dies

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    Former Premier League midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has reportedly died at the age of 42

    Diop came to England in 2004 when he joined Fulham from Lens. He continued to play for Portsmouth and briefly for West Ham and Birmingham. Reports in his home country reported that he suffered from a long-term illness

    Fulham tweeted early Sunday night, « We are devastated to hear news tonight that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away at the age of 42. Have a rest, wardrobe »

    Portsmouth wrote, « We are devastated to hear reports that FA Cup winner Papa Bouba Diop has passed away at just 42 years of age after a long illness. Rest in Peace, The Wardrobe »

    Lens tweeted: « It is with great sadness that the Racing Club of Lens has just learned that its former player Papa Bouba #Diop has passed away at the age of 42. We express our deepest condolences to his loved ones »

    The 6ft 5in player, nicknamed « The Wardrobe », scored the first goal at the 2002 World Cup finals. In this game, Senegal angered reigning champions France 1-0

    FIFA said on its Twitter account about the World Cup: “FIFA is saddened by the death of Senegalese legend Papa Bouba Diop Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero”

    Among Diop’s many successes, he will always be remembered when he scored the first goal of the 2002 World Cup RIP, Papa Bouba DiopBildTwittercom / O2tG9xj5J7

    He played more than 80 appearances in all competitions for Fulham and scored nine goals. In 2007 Diop moved to Pompey, for whom he appeared over 50 times

    Diop, who also played for Neuchatel Xamax, Grasshoppers and AEK Athens, won 63 international matches for his country and scored 11 goals

    He was a key member of the 2008 FA Cup winners page of Portsmouth’s 2008 Harry Redknapp, who led that team, told Sky Sports News: « Absolutely fantastic character, never heard a bad word for anyone out of his mouth

    « Everyone just loved him, I looked like I was going to sign it in Portsmouth and then I lost it In the end he went to Fulham. I’ve watched him a couple of times in Fulham. He was such a good player, strong and powerful and he could make it through. He played in the Senegalese team that defeated France in the World Cup

    « Then I finally took him to Portsmouth and he was so influential in what we achieved. He was a top player and person, always smiling, always laughing Papa was just beautiful and I’m really upset to hear this news He was really a special character ”

    Augustin Senghor, President of the Senegalese Football Association, tweeted: « Thanks to him and the 2002 class, the whole world discovered Senegal »

    Senegalese President Macky Sall also paid tribute on Twitter, saying: « The death of Pape Bouba Diop is a great loss for Senegal

    « I pay tribute to a good footballer who is respected by all for his courtesy and talent and who proudly reminds us of the Lions saga in 2002. I would like to express my deep condolences to his family and the football world »

    Current Senegalese international and Liverpool star Sadio Mane wrote on Instagram: “Pape Bouba, we learned about your (death) with a broken heart Know that even if you left without saying goodbye, you will remain in our hearts forever ”

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