Fernando Leon He has been in Independiente del Valle for 10 years. He reached the age of 16 and now at 26 he is captain of the team and scored the first goal in the conquest of the South American Cup. Before traveling, the central defender made a reflection: “our sporting achievements have coincided with hard times in the country. In 2016, the earthquake and in this campaign the national strike that affected us all. Luckily, the team was able to bring joy to the people, ”said the defender.
Coincidence or not, Independiente reached its two most important milestones in troubled years for the country. On April 16, 2016, an earthquake of 7.8 in the ritcher scale devastated the country and blinded the lives of 671 people and left thousands of victims. That same year, the directors of the scratched box decided to donate all their lockers to help those affected by the natural disaster. On July 6 of that year, the team delivered to the United Nations Development Program the sum of $ 341,535, an amount collected at the box office of their Copa Libertadores matches. 1,500 families of Manabi and Emeralds They were benefited.
In that season, Independiente reached the final of the Cup after knocking down colossi as River and Boca Juniors. In the final, he fell to Atletico Nacional de Colombia.
This season, Independientand returned to be protagonist in an international tournament: the South American Cup. It also happened in the midst of a situation of social turmoil such as the indigenous strike that began on October 3 and ended on Sunday the 13th in the midst of protests of extreme violence and social upheaval.
During the strike, Independiente was getting ready to play the Cup final. On September 25 he qualified for the decisive match after knocking down Corinthians. “In those days everything was complicated. There were days we didn't know if we could get to train. We were very worried, ”Leon confessed.
Coach Miguel Ramirez, upon his arrival in Quito, he also pronounced on the coincidences between the moments of agitation and the achievements of Independiente. “Luckily we were able to give people a title after difficult days and shock in the country. We could bring joys, ”said the Spanish DT.
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