World Cup: Senegal Fans Pay Touching Tribute to Late Legend Papa Bouba Diop

World Cup: Senegal Fans Pay Touching Tribute to Late Legend Papa Bouba Diop

  • Senegal fans showed their class with a lovely tribute towards the late Papa Bouba Diop
  • Prior to the clash against Ecuador, the fans displayed images of the Premier League star
  • The legendary footballer passed away aged 42, two years to the day, after a long illness

Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop was remembered in classy fashion by the nation's football fans, during their crunch World Cup group A clash against Ecuador.

Diop sadly passed away in late 2020, with reports at the time claiming he lost his life after a battle with illness.

He is fondly remembered by veteran Senegal fans, having represented the nation in the 2002 World Cup, where they fell short to Uruguay on penalties.

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Senegal fans display a poster remembering former Teranga Lions footballer Pape Bouba Diop prior to kick-off in the Group A match against Ecuador at the Khalifa International Stadium.
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Diop's defensive midfield abilities also earned him a stint in the Premier League, where he made 129 appearances for teams including Fulham and Portsmouth.

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For Portsmouth under Harry Redknapp, he famously won the FA Cup. The English side was among the clubs that paid a glowing tribute to Diop at the time of his passing.

Fans fondly remember Diop

Senegal took on Ecuador on Tuesday, November 29, and from images doing rounds on social media, it was clear they have not forgotten about their country’s legend.

Several fans held up images of Diop, some with the message 'True lion never dies'.

Meanwhile, on the pitch, the Teranga Lions are embroiled in an intense clash to qualify for the round of 16, against a nation that is turning out to be their fierce rivals.

Both teams go into the final Group A game needing points to proceed, but a draw would be enough for Ecuador, while Senegal need a win to advance.

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In his absence, the Central Africans were forced to a 3-3 draw against Serbia, meaning a win in their final group stage game was necessary to advance to the knockout round.

Source: Sports Brief News