Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has sent a letter of
condolence to the Confederacao Brasileira de Football (CBF) over Monday’s plane
crash in Colombia that killed players, official and supporters of the country’s
club, Chapecoense, as well as a number of journalists.
A total of 76 persons were said to have died in the air
disaster in the mountains of Cerro Gordo in Colombia, as the Brazilian club
headed for the first leg final of the Copa Sudamericana against Atletico
Nacional of Medellin.
In the letter, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi
lamented the tragedy that has cut down the lives of dozens of young and vibrant
sportsmen in their prime.
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“Indeed, the NFF and the Nigerian Football family have been
in deep grief since the incident, which reportedly led to the death of several
players, technical officials and backroom staff of the Brazilian elite League
club, as well as journalists and supporters of the club.
“In the annals of air accidents, Monday’s tragedy in the
mountains of Colombia ranks as one of the most grave, and our hearts are with
the families, relations and friends of the players and officials who lost their
lives in the crash. The incident is even more heartbreaking as the players, officials
and supporters of the Club as well as the journalists were on their way to the
first leg, final of the Copa Sudamericana (South America’s second most
prestigeous Club competition) against Atletico Nacional of Colombia.
“We sincerely pray that God Almighty will grant the departed
souls eternal rest and also grant the Chapecoense FC, the families and other
loved ones of the victims and the CBF the fortitude to bear the big loss.”For
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