Ex-Senegal and Metz striker Bocande dies at 53

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Former Senegal striker Jules Francois Bocande has died in France following surgery. He was 53.

The Senegalese Football Federation and Confederation of African Football said Bocande died Monday in the city of Metz in northeastern France. The dreadlocked forward made his name for French club Metz and had a brief stint as Senegal coach in the mid-1990s.

No cause of death was given.

CAF president Issa Hayatou said Bocande's death was another blow to African football after Nigeria's all-time leading scorer Rashidi Yekini died on Friday.