JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The Confederation of African Football says former Senegal striker Jules Francois Bocande has died in France following surgery. He was 53.
CAF said the dreadlocked forward, who made his name for French club Metz and had a brief stint as Senegal coach in the mid-1990s, died on Monday. Bocande reportedly had a stroke several months ago.
CAF president Issa Hayatou described Bocande's death as another blow to African football after Nigeria's all-time leading scorer Rashidi Yekini died on Friday.
Bocande was top scorer in the French league in the 1985-86 season with 23 goals for Metz. He also played for Paris Saint-Germain, Nice and Lens in a 15-year playing career and was assistant coach when Senegal reached the quarterfinals at the 2002 World Cup.