Burkina Faso football has been dealt a heavy blow following the sad news of the death of Stallions Goalie Soulama Abdoulaye on Friday afternoon, reports Burkina24.com.
Soulama had been hospitalized at the beginning of the year at the Banfora Regional Hospital.
The former Asante Kotoko SC and Hearts of Oak goalkeeper who also played for ASFA Yennega of Burkina Faso passed away on Friday in Bobo Dioulasso at the age of 38 after a long illness.
He will be buried in his hometown, Banfora early today per Islamic conventions.
Born on November 29, 1979, Abdoulaye Soulama began his first steps in football at the Comoé Sports Union (USCO) in Banfora.
He later moved to clubs such as the Sports Association of Bobo-Dioulasso Officials (ASFB) and ASFA Yennenga.
He had a tour in Algeria (CA Batan) before spending two years at the Turkish club Denezilispor where he played 25 games in two years.
His last club was Accra Heart Of Oak, which he joined after leaving Asante Kotoko of Koumassi (Ghana) where he was also the captain.
Third goalkeeper at the 1998 African Cup of Nations (CAN) in Burkina Faso, Abdoulaye Soulama won the silver medal at the 2013 CAN in South Africa under coach Paul Put.
Last April, his brother lost his life following a traffic accident.