The team, from the small city of Chapeco, was in the middle of a fairy tale season. It joined Brazil's first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana final - the equivalent of the Uefa Europa League tournament - after defeating two of Argentina's fiercest squads, San Lorenzo and Independiente, as well as Colombia's Junior.
“I take this opportunity to extend our condolences and request that you please convey our condolences to the government of Brazil, the City, community and the bereaved families. May the Lord give their families and the people of Brazil strength during this time,” said Dr Jordaan in a message sent to the Brazil Football Federation.
“We wish the six people who survived the air crash swift recovery and hope they will get well soon,” added Dr Jordaan.