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Former Doha, Abu Dhabi coach dies in Chapecoense plane crash

Caio Junior coached Al Gharafa from 2009 to 2011, and Al Jazira in 2012

Former Doha, Abu Dhabi coach dies in Chapecoense plane crash
Brazils Chapecoense coach Caio Junior. (Juan Mabroma/AFP/Getty Images)

The former coach of Qatar-based club Al Gharafa and Abu Dhabi side Al Jazira was among those who died in a plane crash in Columbia this week.

Seventy-one people were killed when a charter plane crashed into mountainside near Medellin on Monday night.

Players and coaches from Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense were among those on board the flight. Only six people - three players, a journalist and two crew members - survived the disaster.

Former coach of Doha-based Al Gharafa, Caio Junior, was one of those who died in the disaster.

Caio enjoyed a successful spell in the region, from 2009 to 2011. During his three years with the club, Al Gharafa won back-to-back Qatar Stars League titles, as well as the Qatar Stars Cup.

Al Gharafa expressed their condolences with a statement on their website and tweeted a photo of the Brazilian.

"We offer our sincere condolences to the family of coach Caio," Gharafa said.

Caio also managed Abu Dhabi club Al Jazira, winning the President’s Cup with them in 2012. The club observed a minute’s silence before kick-off in their Arabian Gulf League game against Al Shabab on Tuesday, and displayed an image of the Brazilian on ground’s big screen.

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