Traore Pays Tribute To Papa Boupa Diop
Posted: 30 November 2020
The African continent and the world at large is mourning the death of former Senegalese legend Papa Boupa Diop. The Beautiful Game’s African Senior Correspondent Baba Mali Traore takes us through the memories of the “Wardrobe”, saying;
“Diop was a very friendly man, a good man before being a footballer. He had time for everyone, be it in football or outside of football.
“il a commencé sa carrière de footballeur dans un club local en Suisse appelé Neuchâtel Xamax FCS. C’est là qu’il a vraiment excité ses compétences (He started his Football Career at a local club in Switzerland called Neuchâtel Xamax FCS. That is where he really horned his skills)
“He came into prominence really in England with Fulham and Portsmouth, where he played for six years at both clubs. A towering defensive midfielder with strength and power.
“Je l’ai rencontré à la Coupe d’Afrique des Nations 2004 où il était un monstre absolu pour le Sénégal, quel joueur e Tunisia Que son âme repose dans la paix éternelle (I met him at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia where he was an absolute monster for Senegal, what a player. May his soul rest in eternal peace)”, he concluded.
Diop will forever be remembered for his great goal at the 2002 World Cup against France, helping them reach the quarterfinals of the global showpiece.
The Beautiful Game sends it’s thoughts and prayers to Papa Boupa Diop’s family and friends at this difficult time.
Baba Mali Traore and Selebalo Karabo Phasha.