Senegal paid a final tribute to Papa Bouba Diop. The Senegalese international retired on Sunday, November 30, 2020, at the age of 42 in France. The Head of State Macky Sall, who presided over the ceremony of the national funeral, at the International Airport Blaise Diagne de Diass (AIBD), had very touching words for the family. Players of the 2002 generation were also present to bid farewell to their late teammate.
Papa Bouba Diop received the tributes of the Senegalese Nation. Indeed, he was posthumously elevated to Grand Officer of the National Order of Leo by President Macky Sall.This is the highest honour ever given to a Senegalese athlete. On behalf of the Nation, I offer my condolences. Your life has been useful to your family and to the whole nation.You have filled us with joy and pride. We will be eternally grateful to you,” said the Head of State who decided to name the Football Museum, which will be erected at the Diamniadio Olympic Stadium, on behalf of Papa Bouba Diop.
The funeral was attended by athletes El Hadj Ousseynou Diouf, Khalilou Fadiga, Alassane Ndour, Amdy Faye, Tony Silva, Aliou Cissé, Henri Camara. Other players of the next generation, such as Guirane Ndaw and Diomansy Kamara, also enhanced the ceremony with their presence.
“We are here to represent all our friends.Many of us wanted to be here today. But some did not have the chance to be present to accompany Bouba. We represent all the Senegalese people here,” said the former “magical lefty” of the den, Khalilou Fadiga.“We will continue to be with his family. We will not abandon them,” said former Lions captain El Hadj Diouf.
The author of Senegal’s winning goal in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup in Tokyo, against France, will be buried in his hometown in Rufisque on Saturday, December 5, 2020.