Senegalese President Macky Sall was due to speak at the ceremony, along with government ministers and sports authorities.
Bocande’s coffin stood draped with the national flag as a choir sang and people gave tearful speeches for the much-loved footballer. He will be buried Wednesday in his hometown of Ziguinchor in the Casamance region.
Former players such as El Hadji Diouf, Kalilou Fadiga and Tony Sylva, addressed the crowd.
“He was a father, a brother, an advisor. My heart aches, I can’t say anything, excuse me,” Diouf said briefly.
He enjoyed his greatest success as a player with Metz, where he was crowned top scorer after netting 25 goals in Ligue 1 in the 1985-86 season.
Bocande also played for Paris Saint-Germain, Nice and Lens in France and participated in three Africa Cups of Nations with his country, whom he captained.