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Senegal Football Legend And World Cup Hero Bouba Diop Dies At 42

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The football world has been thrown into mourning again, as it was  announced on Sunday that former Senegal International and Premier League star Papa Bouba Diop has died at the age of 42.

Jomog News Nigeria reports that, his death is coming days after Diego Maradona passed away from a heart attack at 60.
According to a number of reports, the combative midfielder, Bouba Diop had been suffering with a long-time illness, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

He was affectionately called the ‘Wardrobe’ because of his size and his marking ability, he is best remembered for the goal that announced Senegal to the world – the goal against France in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup.

He played for nine European sides; enjoying a great spell at Fulham FC, where he played the most professional matches – 76 over four seasons.

The London club has paid a tribute to their former player on Twitter:

“We are devastated to hear news reports this evening that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away, aged 42. Rest well, Wardrobe Black heart.”

They also posted a video to celebrate the midfielder.

His former club, RC Lens, has also paid tribute on Twitter, writing:

“It is with great sadness that Racing Club de Lens has just learned of the disappearance of its former player Papa Bouba Diop , at the age of 42.
“We offer our deepest condolences to his loved ones.”

So too did world governing body FIFA, who declared:

“FIFA is saddened to learn of the passing of Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop.
“Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero.”

Senegal compatriot, Sadio Mane, paid his tribute on Instagram:

“Pope Bouba, It was with a broken heart that we learned of your disappearance. Know that you will remain in our hearts forever even if you left without saying goodbye to us. RIP #Bouba”.

Diop became a national hero when he scored the goal which saw Senegal beat France 1-0 in their opening World Cup game in 2002.

The deceased is best remembered for the goal that announced Senegal to the world – the goal against France in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup.

 

 

 

 

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Just In: Tinubu Honours Super Eagles, Officials With MON Award

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President Bola Tinubu has conferred the national honour of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) on all Super Eagles team members in appreciation of their performance at the just concluded CAF 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament held in Cote d’Ivoire.

In further recognition of their achievement, the federal government, represented by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)  Nyesom Wike, has granted each member of the team a plot of land as well as a flat with the location yet to be announced.

President Tinubu, who received the national football team, expressed pride in the team, acknowledging their role in fostering unity within the country through their remarkable performance.

Despite finishing second, he encouraged them to hold their heads high and maintain their team spirit.

Troost Ekong, the team’s assistant captain and recipient of the 2023 CAF AFCON Most Valuable Player, expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for his support, expressing a desire to present a trophy rather than silver medals.

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AFCON 2023: Tinubu To Attend Super Eagles, Ivory Coast Final In Cote d’Ivoire

Mr Motsepe said. “The Nigerian president (Bola Tinubu) is coming to watch the final on Sunday. I will have a conversation with him about it,”

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Dr Patrice Motsepe has confirmed President Tinubu’s intention to grace the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday. 

Mr Motsepe confirmed the development at a press conference held by the CAF supremo in Abidjan on Friday while responding to a question from a journalist asking when Africa can host the FIFA World Cup again.

Responding to a question, Mosepe stated that Vice President Kashim Shettima told him that President Tinubu would come for the final game on Sunday.

“I was with the Vice President (Kasheem Shettima) on Wednesday and he said that Nigeria’s president will come for the final,” Mosepe said.

“Nigeria must put in a bid,” Mr Motsepe said. “The Nigerian president (Bola Tinubu) is coming to watch the final on Sunday. I will have a conversation with him about it,” he added.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles beat South Africa in the penalty shootout on Wednesday to reach the final of this year’s tournament, setting up a final showdown with the Elephants of Côte d’Ivoire on Sunday.

Mr Tinubu sent his Vice President, Kashim Shettima, to Côte d’Ivoire to represent him in the game against South Africa, having just been back a few days earlier from a trip to France but will be present at the stadium on Sunday for the final.

Before now, many government officials and dignitaries from Nigeria have come to Cote d’Ivoire to support the Super Eagles.

Notable among them are Vice President Kasheem Shettima, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, Kwara State Governor Rasaq Abdul Rahman and Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

 

 

 

 

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Squad To Get $7m If They Win The Tournament

“We have increased the prize money of the AFCON winner to USD 7 000 000 which is a 40% increase from the previous AFCON prize money.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria squad will receive $7m (N8.9bn) if they win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

Nigeria qualified for the final of the 34th edition of the AFCON after defeating South Africa at the Stade de la Paix, Bouke, on penalties after 120 minutes of football ended 1-1.

For qualifying for the final tournament, the Eagles have already secured $4m.

Earlier, Dr Patrice Motsepe, Confederation of Africa Football president, had announced a 40 percent increment in prize monies before the start of the tournament.

According to the statement published on the website of the football governing body on January 4, the winners of the tournament will receive $7m, $2m more than the reward doled out at the last edition in Cameroon.

The runners-up of the African showpiece event will now get $4m (N5bn), while each of the losing semi-finalists South Africa and DR Congo will receive $2.5m, with each of the four quarter-finalists taking home $1.3m.

“CAF has made significant progress over the past two years in increasing the prize money of the AFCON and all its other major competitions,” Motsepe said.

“We have increased the prize money of the AFCON winner to USD 7 000 000 which is a 40% increase from the previous AFCON prize money.

“I am confident that a portion of the prize money will contribute to developing football and also benefit all the football stakeholders, as well as assist our Member Associations with their administrations,” he added.

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