A goalkeeper in Indonesia’s top division has died after colliding with a teammate during a league match.
Persela FC goalkeeper, Choirul Huda died on Sunday, October 15 after colliding with a teammate during a match. Initial analysis suggested the possibility of head and neck trauma.
Persela’s head coach Aji Santoso was the one to confirm that Huda had died. In his statement he said that his passing had impacted the team hugely.
In a statement released on Persela FC’s official website, Dr. Yudistrio Andri stated that Huda had suffered “impacts on the chest and lower jaw”.
Dr. Nugroho from the Dr. Soegiri Lamongan hospital in Lamongan added that the collision caused Huda to stop breathing and have a cardiac arrest.
He stated that the medical team on call attempted to revive him, but even after an hour’s worth of efforts there were no visible signs of normal life.
The match however continued and Persela managed to beat Semen Padang with a score of 2-0.
In a statement the club said that thousands of fans attended a candlelight vigil to honor the goalkeeper. A post on the club’s Instagram account read, “Thank you for your constant dedication”.
Speaking of the tragic event, Indonesian football writer Anthony Sutton said, “He played for his local team, he was living the dream. He was just happy in his skin and happy in his town.”
He added that Huda was something of a legend and that his ambition was to become the club’s goalkeeping coach someday. Sutton called Huda a “one-man club”.
Over the years Huda made more than 500 league appearances for the club. Persela FC was Huda’s only club and he had turned down many lucrative offers out of his loyalty to the club.