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Pape Diop

Norwich Career: 1999 (10 appearances)
Current Club: KS Dinamo Tirana (Albania)
Date of Birth: 12/01/1979
Nationality: Senegalese

Biography

20 year old Senegal international wing back Pape Diop signed from Lens on a one year loan contract in August 1999. He had impressed Bruce Rioch in Daryl Sutch's testimonial against AZ Alkmaar and in a reserve friendly against Ipswich. There were no problems with work permits as Pape holds a French passport. He signed from Racing Club Lens on a one year loan with an option to secure his services beyond that point. Pape had spent most of the previous season 1998/99)with French Division 2 side Valenciennes.

Diop's stint at Carrow Road ended prematurely on 29th December 1999 when he signed for French side Racing Club de Paris of the National League Division Two. Norwich boss Bruce Rioch claimed the move had nothing to do with the allegations that Diop had spat at QPR supporters during the stormy Boxing Day clash at Carrow Road. In the Eastern Daily Press on 30th December, Rioch said that the player and his Parisian wife had found it hard to settle in England and that the move had been arranged some time before the alleged spitting incident. Diop wanted to return to France but was waiting for a suitable transfer window but although his agent found him a club, Norwich requested a delay in the move until after the Christmas period. Diop thus signed a three year contract with the Paris side. It seems even more likely that he would represent Senegal in the forthcoming African Nations Cup as Rioch would not have permitted his absence if Pape was playing regularly in the Norwich first team.

The English press then reported that Pape was part of the Senegalese side that defeated holders France 1-0 in the opening clash of the 2002 World Cup. He then allegedly played in the draw with Denmark. However based on information from Canary Citizens, the implication is that the press (including World Soccer) have confused ex-Canary Pape Seydou Diop with Pape Malick Diop and Pape Bouba Diop. Our "Pape Diop" transferred to Switzerland's FC Aarau in the summer of 2002 (Thanks to Dag T Hoelseth for the latest news).However the "Top of the Perch" article in the 2004/5 Norwich City yearbook suggested that Pape was with French side Noisy-le-Sec in 2001/2

In March 2003, the BBC reported that Pape had signed a four year deal with Romanian giants Dinamo Bucharest.

By 2008, Diop was in Albania with their current champions KS Dinamo Tirana.


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