Football: Cardiff players scared to fly after Emiliano Sala disappearance, says Sol Bamba

Cardiff City's Sol Bamba has said that some Cardiff City players are afraid of flying after Emiliano Sala's disappearance on Jan 21, 2019.
Cardiff City's Sol Bamba has said that some Cardiff City players are afraid of flying after Emiliano Sala's disappearance on Jan 21, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Some of the Cardiff City players are scared to fly after January signing Emiliano Sala's flight disappeared over the English Channel last week, defender Sol Bamba has said.

Cardiff played their first game since Sala's disappearance on Tuesday (Jan 29), a 2-1 Premier League defeat at Arsenal, where tributes were paid to the missing Argentinian forward and pilot David Ibbotson prior to kick-off.

The plane carrying Sala that disappeared from radar on Jan 21 is yet to be found and Bamba said the team was badly affected by the "unusual situation".

"We travel by plane and some of the lads have been thinking 'I don't want to go on it anymore'," Bamba told BBC.

"The gaffer... and the club have been good in terms of bringing someone in to talk to if we need to. And I think some of the lads do, they need to get it out."

Bamba, who knew Sala personally through his agent, said he discussed the move to Cardiff with the Argentinian who was signed from French Ligue 1 club Nantes.

"It is not just me finding it difficult, even though I had a personal connection to him," Bamba added. "I don't feel more sad than the other lads, everyone feels sad, the whole club."

Rescuers ended their search for Sala last week after saying there was little chance anyone aboard had survived but a privately funded operation is set to search for wreckage on Sunday.