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African Footballers Pay Tribute to Burkina Faso Goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye

The goalie, who had 45 appearances for Burkina Faso's national team, is mourned on social media after he passed away from a long illness.

The football world has been mourning the loss of Burkinabe goalie Soulama Abdoulaye, who died in a hospital in Bobo-Dioulasson on October 27 after suffering from a long illness. He was 37-years-old.

Soulama earned 42 caps for the Burkina Faso national team, Les Etalons (The Stallions), and was part of the team that finished in 2nd place at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.


He'd recently been playing for Ghanaian Premier League teams Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak, with both clubs offering their condolences on Twitter. Soulama had previously played internationally in the Algerian and Turkish leagues.


Burkina Faso's big footballing names and other African stars have also been mourning the passing of Soulama, as seen quoted in the BBC.

"You were the best goalkeeper in Burkina," said Burkina Faso international Mohammed Koffi. "You were a big brother and a team-mate...RIP Abdoulaye Soulama."

Ghanaian national team goalie, Razak Brimah, said "It's sad news. Africa has lost a great goalkeeper. Allah knows. Rest in peace Soulama."

Former Ghana defender Anthony Baffoe called Soulama a "great guy with leadership qualities. "What sad news, he was a leader, very outspoken. He was a talented goalkeeper and our condolences to his family."

See some more reactions from social media below.


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