Chapecoense presented with Copa Sudamericana trophy after tragic plane crash that killed 71 people

Queen V

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Jan 19, 2012

Klabu ya Chapecoense ya Brazil imekabidhiwa Kombe la Copa Sudamericana ikiwa ni siku 25 tangu ilipopata ajali ya ndege iliyoua watu 71.


Brazilian club Chapecoense have been presented with the Copa Sudamericana trophy.

Chapecoense were named as the winners of the competition after the plane crash which killed 71 people en route to the first-leg of their final against Atletico Nacional.

Plinio David de Nes Filho was made president of the club in the wake of the tragedy, and he was invited on stage during the draw for the 2017 edition of the competition and the Copa Libertadores to collect the trophy.

But De Nes Filho was keen to share the honour with Nacional after their incredible support in the wake of the crash.

He invited Atletico Nacional representative Daniel Jiminez - who was wearing a Chapecoense scarf - onto the stage and the two shared an embrace.

Ahead of lifting the trophy with Jiminez, De Nes Filho said: 'I would like to thank everyone, all the nations.

'But let me, in a very special way, a very tender and grateful way, on behalf of our club, Chape, to share the trophy we just received with the one who gave us this possibility, with their gesture of humanity and respect. Of dignity and demonstration of kindness.'

Chapecoense were drawn in group seven for next year's Libertadores, South America's Champions League equivalent. They will face Uruguay's Nacional, Zulia of Venezuela and Argentinian side Lanus.

They return to action when they face Internacional de Lages in the Campeonato Catarinese on January 29.

That match comes four days after a friendly between Brazil and Colombia which is set to raise money for Chapecoense.

Source: Daily Mail

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