Sometimes, people talk like they actually know they are going to die but most times, they truly have no idea. Brazilian club, Chapecoense manager Caio Junior, had said he would ‘die happy’ after leading his club to the Copa Sudamericna.
After his team qualified for the final of Copa Sudamericana, Coach Caio Junior told the press that: ‘If i die today, i’d die a happy man’. He made this statement on November 24th.
Just one week later, the 51-year-old, was one of the people who tragically died in a plane crash in Brazil as the club traveled to Colombia for a regional tournament final. Only three of the 81 people aboard survived the crash, which occurred as the plane attempted to land in Medellin’s international airport, Colombia.
The chartered aircraft carrying 81 passengers, which included members of the Brazilian football team and nine crew members, took off from Bolivia and was flying over the town of La Union at around 10 pm when electrical flaws were reported and the plane crashed less than two dozen miles from the fore mentioned airport in northwestern Colombia.
As at yesterday, the Colombian authorities said at least six persons had survived out of the 81 people aboard but latest reports today, November 30, reveals that three of the survivors have also passed on.
The local soccer club is scheduled to play Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional today, Wednesday November 30, but has now been suspended. According to the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) it was suspending “all football activities”.
The team, from the southern city of Chapeco, was promoted to Brazil’s first division in 2014 and reached the final last week after a victory against Argentina’s San Lorenzo.
Chapecoense had already traveled to Argentina twice, beating Independiente and San Lorenzo, and Colombia once, where they lost to Junior 1-0 but progressed on aggregate in the quarter-finals.