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Brazil’s season ends with more tribute to Chapecoense

Brazil’s season ends with more tribute to Chapecoense

Brazil's season ends with more tribute to ChapecoenseThe Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools 2016 Football season is laying out its last match this evening – southern college teams Naparima and Presentation clashing from 4.15 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in central Trinidad.


Both won semifinals of the School League’ season-closing SuperCup Big Four tournament which featured League champions Shiva Boys Hindu College and Intercol winners San Juan North Secondary.


A TT Pro League mstch pitting the current top two Central F C and W Connection follows this evening’s schoolboys showdown.

Elsewhere, The final day of the Brazilian football season was played yesterday Sunday, with Chapecoense and Colombian flags flown before a match in Belo Horizonte to pay tribute to those killed in a plane crash carrying the team to Colombia for the Copa Sudamericana first-leg final.

chapecoense_declared5845b4fa87297The final round of the Brasileirao was postponed from last Sunday after a LaMia airplane carrying most of Chapecoense’s players, as well as journalists covering the game and others, crashed near Medellin, killing almost everyone onboard.


In stadiums across Brazil, spectators held pictures of the players killed and sang Chapecoense’s songs, while teams wore uniforms bearing Chapecoense’s badge.


The match scheduled between Chapecoense and Atletico Mineiro in Chapeco was not played, with neither team being awarded any points for the match. Four referees turned up at an empty Arena Conda stadium as a formality.


Players including former Barcelona stars Ronaldinho and Juan Roman Riquelme have volunteered to play for free for the tragedy-hit club.


However, pundits say that it will take time to rebuild the club, who rose from the lower leagues to the top of Brazilian football.


Chapecoense were traveling to play the first leg of the South American club championship final against Atletico Nacional when the Avro RJ85 aircraft they were aboard ran out of fuel as it approached the airport on November 28.


On a leaked tape, pilot Miguel Quiroga can be heard reporting a “total electric failure” and “lack of fuel” just before the crash.


Prosecutors in Bolivia have detained two people amid investigations into the crash, one an owner of the charter company that operated the plane and the other a former aviation official. Both deny any wrongdoing.


A Bolivian official, Celia Castedo, says she warned Mr Quiroga before departure that the long flight between southern Bolivia and Medellin was at the limit of the plane’s maximum range.


She has now sought asylum in Brazil, saying she is being persecuted.


Six people survived the crash. One of them, crew member Erwin Tumuri, said an initial stop for refuelling in the northern Bolivian city of Cobija had been dropped by the pilot.