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Senegal soccer legend Pape Bouba Diop dies aged 42

London, Nov 30 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 11/30/2020 10:11:17 AM IST

Former Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop, who scored the winner to defeat World Cup holders France in the opening match of the 2002 tournament, has died aged 42.

Sources told ESPN that the former Fulham and Portsmouth star had been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neurone disease.
Diop won 65 caps for Senegal between 2001 and 2008, and was a key figure in the side that reached the World Cup quarterfinals -- one of only three African sides to reach the final eight of the competition -- in 2002.
The midfielder’s close-range goal against reigning world champions set debutants Senegal on their way to one of the most famous victories in the tournament’s history, and he would go on to score twice as they held Uruguay 3-3 in their final group game to reach the knockout stages.
The Teranga Lions were ultimately defeated by Turkey on the golden-goal rule in the quarterfinal.
Diop also represented Senegal at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, and was part of the side that reached the final in 2002, where they were defeated by Cameroon in Bamako.

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