Chapecoense move forward as training begins

Chapecoense made its official presentation for the next season, which involved one of the players surviving the plane crash in Colombia, defender Hélio Zampier Neto, who shared his experiences with the new team.

With crutches, Neto participated this Friday in the presentation of the squad, made up of the players who did not travel to Medellín on that tragic day in Nov. 28, several players of the affiliate promoted to the first team and five new signings.
In a press conference, Neto said that returning to Chapecoense gives him strength not to “sink into a depression” after the tragic accident in which most of his teammates died when they traveled to Medellín to play the first leg of the Final of the Copa Sudamericana against Atletico Nacional.

“I need to recover my health and my mind as well. Being here (in Chapecoense) is what will give me strength.” said Neto.

In a photo released by the club, Neto appears chatting with base players, who rose to the first team, trying to rebuild their lineup for this new season to come.

The executive director, Rui Costa, gave a speech in which, excited by the presence of Neto, he encouraged to “honor the legacies that were left”, because “it is a historical moment for us.”

“This group is available to our fans, so they can have that pleasure, joy and hope to see Chapecoense again among the best,” added Costa.

It is recalled that this last Thursday confirmed the friendly meeting between the Chapecoense and the Brazilian champion, Palmeiras, on January 21 at Arena Arena, which will reopen its doors to a match of the main squad.