Cardiff players scared to fly after Sala disappearance - Bamba

Arsenal captain Mesut Ozil (L) and Cardiff City's Sol Bamba (R) lay bunches of daffodils in honour of Cardiff City's missing Argentinian player Emiliano Sala ahead of a match between the two teams in London.
Arsenal captain Mesut Ozil (L) and Cardiff City's Sol Bamba (R) lay bunches of daffodils in honour of Cardiff City's missing Argentinian player Emiliano Sala ahead of a match between the two teams in London.
Image: Ian KINGTON / AFP

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, a 2-1 Premier League defeat at Arsenal, where tributes were paid to the missing Argentine forward and pilot David Ibbotson prior to kickoff.

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 Argentine 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.

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