By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
2020 is not about to rest. The year is claiming stars, legends, celebrities and everyone alike. Barely a week after Football legend, the great Diego Maradona breathed his last, another former football star has lost his life today, Sunday, November 29, 2020.
Bouba Papa Diop, the Senegal star who scored the first goal at the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan against then defending champions France, has died this evening after battling a long illness, according to numerous reports. Diop was 42 at the time of his death.
Diop played for a number of clubs in the Premier League namely; Portsmouth, West Ham, Fulham, and Birmingham City, the latter releasing him in 2013.
Internationally, Diop represented his country Senegal 63 times and managed to score 11 goals.
The mayor of Mermoz Sacré-Cœur, Barthélémy Dias, paid tribute to Bouba Diop on Sunday, writing on social media:
“Thank you GAINDÉ for making us dream so much. Your name will forever be engraved in the Football Hall of Fame alongside great legends. May God welcome you in his Paradise.”
This is in addition to fellow countrymen, footballers, fans and former teammates sending out condolence messages to the friends and family of the deceased.