Two seat cushions found washed up on a French beach are likely to have come from the plane carrying missing football player Emiliano Sala, according to United Kingdom authorities.
The tragic disappearance of Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson more than a week ago is still fresh in the hearts and minds of football fans, and for FC Nantes, it is perhaps more hard to take in than anyone else.
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".
An underwater search for footballer Emiliano Sala's plane will take place after cushions were found on a beach.
Mr Mearns said Sala's family is "looking at this as a missing person, a missing plane and until they are satisfied, that's the mode that we are in".
A search of the waters near Guernsey, which lies west of the Cotentin Peninsula, was called off after three days, with harbor master David Barker calling the chances of finding survivors "extremely remote".
The AAIB said that with the help of Britain's Ministry of Defence it had now commissioned a "specialist survey vessel" equipped with sonar equipment to scour the seabed for the plane.
A remotely operated vehicle will be used to examine visually any wreckage found.
Following this, detailed assessments of the flight path and last known radar position were carried out, which identified the search area.
Tragedy has an awesome way of bringing football fans together and on Wednesday night Cardiff City fans proved that once again by travelling to Nantes to pay tribute to Emiliano Sala.
Sala became Cardiff's club-record signing the weekend before and the 28-year-old's family have since been able to restart the search thanks to a crowdfunding effort.
Investigators said they now planned to launch an underwater seabed search for aircraft wreckage.