Senegal is mourning following the death of their legendary football star, Bouba Diop. Bouba Diop dies at the age of 42. Bouba, an active member of the Senegal national team, succumbed to a long term illness. He is remarkably remembered for the 2002 goal he scored against France. The only goal that gave a shocking victory against the reigning champions France. The Senegal football federation delivered the sad news to the nations and fans on Sunday. He is and still is a legend in the history of Senegal football. His death comes days after another legendary footballer Maradona, as well died due to an illness. The world of football is suffering great loses and is in mourning. Bouba Diop dies living behind his wife, mama Bouba Diop.
Bouba Diop dies at 42 Tributes
FIFA, the world football governing organization, gave a response to his death. They honored him as a world cup hero and expressed their condolences to Senegal for losing a legend. His former clubs also expressed their sadness about his loss. Former French Club Lens and Fulham club offered their condolences to his family and friends as well. Many players are saddened by the early death of the young midfielder.
Diop football career
His football career was filled with success. He represented his country Senegal as a midfielder. In total, he made 63 appearances which he garnered up 11 goals in total. In the 2002 world cup, he scored two more goals against Uruguay. Although they did not win the match, a draw of 3-3 was enough to qualify them for the quarter-finals. Bouba was also, at the time, the top scorer for the team.
His career kicked off in Senegal in the ASC Diaraf club. He further advanced to Switzerland to Vevey, Neuchatel Xamax, and Grasshoppers. In 2002, he went to the French, where he played with Lens. After a few matches, he joined Fulham, where three years of his career were full use. He transferred to Portsmouth, where he was part of the 2007-2008 FA Cup champions. Before retiring, seven years ago, he made some appearances in West Ham and Birmingham City.
In reference to British media reports, Diop was allegedly suffering from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Many of his colleagues were saddened by his illness. Chris Kamara took to Twitter to explain the unawareness of his illness. Many players have also expressed how he was too young to die. Bouba was at his prime age of 42 years before he met his death. He will be remembered as a kind-hearted, cheerful, and football legend nationally and internationally.