"We regret to announce the cessation of the national first division championship until further notice, for lack of financial resources," said the Burkina Faso Football Federation in a statement. The Federation said more than 400 million CFA Francs at banks, trainers, service providers and their movable and immovable property, including its headquarters built with funding from FIFA had been seized. "All our belongings were seized by a bailiff, even the chairs were taken...", said Chairman, Zembédé Theodore Sawadogo, at a press conference this week, blaming the "financial difficulties" in its structure on the mismanagement of his predecessors.
It is story that has not registered much interest in the football watching world. It's a shame. You want to open a Lionel Messi Church? That's all good. I won't forget to wear my Sunday best. But let's not forget the magical congregation over in Burkina Faso who also know a good goal when they see one.