Ademola Lookman pays emotional tribute to former Fulham star Papa Bouba Diop by holding up the late midfielder’s No 19 Senegal shirt to celebrate his goal against Leicester
- Lookman fired the visitors ahead at the King Power Stadium on Monday night
- He celebrated by holding aloft a Senegal shirt, with Diop’s No on the back
- Diop tragically passed away at the weekend at the age of 42 after a long illness
The 23-year-old fired the visitors ahead at the King Power Stadium in the 30th minute on Monday night.
Lookman ran over to his team’s bench and grabbed hold of a Senegal shirt, with Diop’s number on the back, and held it aloft to mark his strike.
Ademola Lookman fired Fulham ahead in the 30th minute at Leicester on Monday night
The Fulham forward cooly slotted the ball past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel
Lookman held aloft a Senegal shirt, with Diop’s number on the back, to mark his strike
The celebration was done in tribute to the late Diop, who tragically passed away at the weekend at the age of just 42 after a long illness.
Diop was one of the heroes of Senegal’s memorable run to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals, scoring the only goal in a shock 1-0 victory over then-holders France in their opening game.
The former midfielder played for Fulham and Portsmouth in the Premier League – winning the FA Cup with Pompey in 2008.
Fulham took part in a minute’s applause on the pitch, while Diop’s Senegal shirt hung in the dressing room before kick off.
Former Senegal international Papa Bouba Diop has passed away at age of 42 after long illness
Diop scored the winner in a famous 1-0 win for Senegal against France at the 2002 World Cup
Former Fulham manager Chris Coleman paid an emotional tribute to Diop after his passing.
Coleman, who brought Diop to English football from French club Lens in 2004, led the tributes.
Coleman told the Sun: ‘I’m gutted to hear the news. It’s so sad.
‘Papa was one of my favourite players I’ve worked with. He did a great job for me at Fulham but, more importantly, he was a lovely person.
‘He had time for everyone and treated people with respect. It’s truly a sad loss.’