Indonesian goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a teammate on Sunday. Persela Lamongan keeper, Huda, sustained injuries after impact with the knee of Ramon Rodrigues. He was stretchered off the field and later pronounced dead.
Video footage showed Huda clutching his chest in pain before he was rushed away on a stretcher and was taken to the Lamongan hospital. According to the reports, Huda arrived unconscious but was still breathing. However, the doctors could not save him. Doctors said he stopped breathing and suffered a heart attack.
Persela’s assistant coach Yuhronur Efendi told news agency AFP, “He received an emergency treatment for a few minutes in the hospital but he could not be saved. He died before 5:00 pm yesterday.” The collision with teammate Rodrigues occurred when Huda came out of the goal for a ball.
Huda had been a part of the team since 1999 and had 503 appearances for the club. He spent nearly 18 years with the team. As the team, fans mourned his death, a tweet from Persela Lamongan’s official handle said, “HUDA THE REAL LEGEND OF PERSELA.”
INNALILLAHI WAINNA ILAIHI ROJIUN
— PerselaFC (@PerselaFC) 15 October 2017
“All of the players finished the game and went to the hospital, where it was announced that Choirul Huda had died,” Persela coach Aji Santoso said, according to The Daily Mail. “The loss of Choirul Huda has hit us all hard. We did not have time to a see a doctor, only to see his body.”