The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sent a letter of condolence to the Confederacao Brasileira de Football, the Brazilian Football Federation, over the Colombia plane crash which killed players, official and supporters of the country’s club, Chapecoense; as well as a number of journalists on Monday.
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 terminated the lives of dozens of young and vibrant sportsmen in their prime.
“Indeed, the NFF and the Nigerian Football family have been in deep grief since the ugly incident, occurred”
“In the annals of air accidents, Monday’s tragedy in the mountains of Colombia ranks as one of the gravest, 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 heart-breaking 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 prestigious Club competition) against Atletico Nacional of Colombia,” it stated.