Brazilian football legend Zico joined in the scores of tributes pouring in for members of the Chapecoense Football Club who met with an unfortunate plane crash in Colombia on Monday.
Zico — who is currently the head coach of Indian Super League side FC Goa — expressed deep regret over the incident.
“I had never lost so many friends at one time,” the Brazilian great said before going on to remember individually his close friends who perished.
“Guilherme Laars played with my children in Nova Geracao. I was his coach. Mario Sergio and I played together in the national team and we have shared many fond memories. I know many of the players personally and my heart goes out to their families,” he said.
The BAe 146 flight, a charter planem, with 77 passengers and crew — including players and staff of the Chapecoense FC — crashed in the mountains near Medellin, Colombia.. Only six of the 77 on board survived the crash; three players, a journalist and two crew members.
“This is a tragedy for the world of football and sports in general. Some of the players in the FC Goa squad too were part of the Chapecoense,” Zico said about the incident.
“As players we need to travel extensively. An accident like this can happen to anybody, even to us.
“Today is a day of prayer in memory of the players who lost their lives. May God offer comfort and strength to the families of all those people who are gone,” he concluded.