Indonesian fans mourn death of goalkeeper Choirul

He’ll be missed: A hearse taking away the body of goalkeeper Choirul Huda in East Java yesterday. — AFP

JAKARTA: Indonesian football fans are mourning the death of Choirul Huda, the long-term goalkeeper and captain of top flight side Lamongan FC, usually known as Persela, following a collision with a teammate during a weekend match at their stadium in East Java.

Video footage showed Choirul slamming into teammate Ramon Rodrigues in the 43rd minute of Sunday’s game in the Go-Jek Traveloka League.

Rodrigues’ knee had accidentally collided with Choirul’s chest in the incident, said the club’s media officer Andika Hangga Pramana.

The 38-year-old was taken off the pitch on a stretcher after losing consciousness and a medical team at the stadium attempted to resuscitate him, said Dr Yudistiro Andri Nugroho, head of the emergency care unit at the Soegiri Hospital, Lamongan.

Choirul was taken to the hospital’s intensive care unit and given breathing assistance and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but his condition deteriorated and he was pronounced dead at 4.45pm, Dr Yudistiro said in a statement.

“We did all we could to restore the vital functions of Choirul Huda’s organs,” the doctor said.

His fellow players had gone straight to the hospital after the final whistle following their 2-0 win over Semen Padang and supporters later went to his house with candles, according to local media reports.

On their official Twitter page, Persela carried a “farewell cap” above a photo of Choirul. According to the team’s Instagram page, the club will retire the No. 1 jersey worn by Choirul.

Huda leaves behind a wife and two children. — Reuters

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