Egypt's Ahly, Zamalek mourn victims of Brazil's Chapecoense after plane crash

Ahram Online , Tuesday 29 Nov 2016


Ahly and Zamalek, Egypt's leading clubs, mourned the victims of Brazilian side Chapecoense after the plane carrying them crashed in Colombia on Tuesday.

A chartered plane carrying Brazil's top-tier Brazilian football team Chapecoense to the biggest game in its history crashed in the Colombian mountains, killing 75 people on board.

"With the deepest regrets and sorrow, Al Ahly Sporting Club mourns the victims of Brazil's Associação Chapecoense de Futebol club, following the crash of their first team flight to Colombia," the Red Devils, Egypt and Africa's most successful club, said in a statement they released in English and Arabic.

"Chairman Mahmoud Taher, in the name of Al Ahly Sporting Club board, executive management, Football department, and Media department expresses the club's deepest condolences to the families of the victims and Brazilian football family."

Chapecoense were due to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin on Wednesday in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final, South America's equivalent of the Europa League.

Zamalek, Ahly's Cairo rivals, also offered their condolences to the club.

"From Cairo to Chapecó, our hearts go out to Associação Chapecoense de Futebol and all those affected by the horrible tragedy in Colombia," the club said in a statement.

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