The tragic death of Argentine Emiliano Sala may have been thrown into the dustbin of football memories by a large percentage of the football populace but his absence continues to leave an indelible mark in the heart of the clubs he has duly served. Thus, football clubs where the deceased plied his trade during his lifetime such as Bordeaux FC, Nantes FC, Caen and Chamois Niort have consented to organized the ” Challenge Emiliano Sala” as an annual tournament in honour of the iconic footballer.
Nigerian international Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, and Josh Maja are set to lock horns in the Challenge Emiliano Sala tournament when their respective teams go head-to-head in pursuit of the gong.
Samuel Kalu featured all through the nineties for French side Bordeaux FC as they won 5-4 on penalties over French counterpart Chamois Niort in the maiden game of competition — a victory that secured them a place in the final.
Moses Simon’s Nantes will play against Caen today, 14:00(WAT) in a tournament consisting of four teams to book a spot in the final round against qualified Bordeaux FC.
Emiliano Sala who spent half a decade with Bordeaux from 2010 – 2015, though spending loan term at Orleans in 2012/13 season and Niort in 2013/14 campaign with a combine 37 goals for both teams. He however bursted to glory at Nantes recording a milestone career goals (42) within a period of 3 seasons — to trigger interests from top flight clubs. He was on his way to England to complete a move to Cardiff City before losing his life after his plane disappeared along the English channel in 2019.