FIFA World Cup: Why is Senegal captain wearing a special armband vs Ecuador?

Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly wore a special armband in memory of former international Papa Bouba Diop, who died exactly two years ago, in a game against Ecuador at the World Cup on Tuesday.

Kalidou Koulibaly of Senegal with an armband that has “19” on it.

Kalidou Koulibaly of Senegal with an armband that has “19” on it. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly wore a special armband in memory of former international Papa Bouba Diop, who died exactly two years ago, in a game against Ecuador at the World Cup on Tuesday.

Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly wore a special armband in memory of former international Papa Bouba Diop, who died exactly two years ago, in his team’s decisive Group A game against Ecuador at the World Cup on Tuesday.

Diop, who died at the age of 42, scored the goal that helped Senegal beat France 1-0 in the opening game of the 2022 World Cup, where the African side reached the quarterfinal.

Koulibaly’s armband has “19” on it - Diop’s shirt number with Senegal.

With three goals, Diop, who won 62 caps, is Senegal’s top scorer in World Cup finals. 

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