There has been a wave of shock running through the footballing world after news and reports came in that there has been a plane crash that also had on board the team of Chapecoense. The shock has gained massive effects all over the world but within a far distance. There are managers and footballers who faced the team week in and week out and many people who placed stakes behind Chapecoense on the home soil and they never let them down. How does Brazil as a nation and the Brazilian Soccer teams battle the psychological turmoil after such a horrible end to a fairy tale that could have seen them crown Copa Sudamericana champions after just 43 years as a football team?
Plane crashes happen all the time but it seldom happens in football and sports in general and particularly to team footballers. This has reminded many Zambians of how they lost their entire national team on April 27, 1993 when all 25 passengers and five crew members lost their lives on their way to a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal. The Chipolopolos as they are called never recovered easily and in many years faced a tough system of rebuilding everything on scratch and was finally rewarded at the 2012 CAF African Cup of Nations held in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea.
Similarly Manchester United and Torino have also faced the same problem losing theirs squad members and having to rebuild from scratch after such a shock.
There are many differences in club teams and national teams but the results are all the same, human lives are lost. Chapecoense was dubbed as the Leicester City of the second-tier competition of South American soccer and the RB Leipzig of the German Bundesliga and their performance in the second tier of South America’s Copa Sudamericana could have seen them crowned as Champions but they became champions without playing a single match.
Brazil’s Football Confederation and Brazil Soccer Teams Should Have Enough Courage to End the Season on a High
Brazil as a country is known for its talents in football and would undoubtedly churn out great squads to fill the void left by these heroes. Many of the players have been left in pain following this tragedy but the team that would perhaps wish they were not the ones to face them come mid-December is Atletico Mineiro after their game against Atletico Nacional was respectfully postponed on Wednesday - day of the tragic event.
With many of the players off the squad list the remaining players should brace themselves and play in honor of the club and the players that lost their lives to climax a season where they enjoyed both sweet and sour moments.
The CBF which happens to the governing body of Brazilian football should do more in order to see to the last round of matches effectively because footballers are like brothers and whatever happens to one affects the other.
The football world applause Chapecoense for being the team that fought to the end. May God keep them in a better place, for football fans our hope is to see the team heal its wounds and return back to the pinnacle of world football.
Chapecoense hopefully hosts Atletico Mineiro at 3PM PST on Sunday December 11, 2016.