Super Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem joined rest of football stars to pay tribute to his former teammate, Emiliano Sala whose body was found in the English Channnel.
Sala who had boarded a plane from Ligue 1 side, Nantes to Cardiff on January 21 to complete a club record signing crashed into the sea alongside the pilot, David Ibbotson.
On Wednesday, emerged an unidentified body – now known to be Sala – was brought off the ship, Geo Ocean III, on a stretcher and transferred to a private ambulance before being taken to Dorset Police and the local coroner.
Awaziem who played alongside Sala last season took to his Instagram to join football stars like Mesut Ozil, Kylian Mbappe , Sergio Aguero amongst others to mourn Sala as tribute continue to pour in on social media.
Chidozie Awaziem: “😭😭You will forever be in our heart 😢😢RIP EMI.”
Sala’s sister, Romina posted a picture stood on the pitch at Nantes, arms out either side as he looked up to the sky. Her emotional tribute to her brother on Instagram reads: Your soul in my soul will shine forever, illuminating the time of my existence. I love you.’ Aguero wrote: ‘Terribly sad. Rest in peace, Emiliano. My condolences to his friends and family.” Mesut Ozil said: “No words to describe how sad this is. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and also to the family of the pilot.
”Cardiff released a statement on their website which read: “We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano. He and David will forever remain in our thoughts.
Antonio Rudiger said: “Heartbreaking to hear the news about Emiliano Sala. Rest in peace. Thoughts go out to the family and friends of Emiliano and the pilot.”
“I prayed every day because hope is the last. This is a great deal to accept. ‘I can not even imagine how difficult it is for you [Sala’s family]. We are all with you! ‘Lovren posted on Instagram.
Kylian Mbappe, Antonio Valencia and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all posted ‘RIP’ on social media in tribute to Sala.