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Sports News Thu, 31 Jan 2019

Nantes striker Waris dedicates goal to missing Sala

Majeed Waris paid tribute to missing former teammate Emiliano Sala after scoring for Nantes in their 1-1 draw against Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 on Wednesday night.

The Ghanaian salvaged a point for Nantes with 20 minutes to play and he celebrated by tapping a photograph of Sala on a top under his shirt.

Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were on board a light aircraft that disappeared over the Channel Islands on 21 January.

Emotional tributes were paid to Sala, 28, before the game.

A video featuring his highlights as a Nantes player was played before the game at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

Fans were visibly upset, and Argentina flags and 'Sala' scarves were waved in the stands.

Players from both sides wore shirts bearing a photo of Sala and the message 'On t'aime Emi' - which translates as 'we love you Emi' - during the warm-up and wore green armbands symbolising hope during the match.

Play was stopped in the ninth minute as players and fans took part in a minute's applause, which reduced Nantes manager Vahid Halilhodzic to tears.

Sala had completed a transfer from Nantes to Cardiff City on 19 January, two days before his flight went missing from radar when he was travelling to join his new team-mates.

Source: Myjoyonline.com
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