Goalkeeper dies after on-pitch collision with teammate

(Last Updated On: October 16, 2017)


Tinuade Salami

Indonesian football was in mourning on Monday after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate.

Huda collapsed just before half-time after Sunday’s accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues.

The 38year old Choirul, who was a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java was unconscious immediately after the collision.

Reports showed the video footage of the father of two clutching his chest in pain before he was rushed away on a stretcher and taken to hospital. Doctors said he stopped breathing and suffered a heart attack.

According to AFP, Huda received an emergency treatment for a few minutes in the hospital but could not be saved.

Persela’s assistant coach Yuhronur Efendi confirmed his death before 5:00 pm on Sunday.

Doctors said the medical team tried to revive the veteran Huda, a former fringe player in the national set-up, for about an hour.

“Choirul Huda suffered from traumatic collision with a team-mate which caused him to stop breathing and have cardiac arrest,” Yudistiro Andri Nugroho, a doctor from Lamongan hospital, said in a statement.

Nugroho said Huda suffered possible neck and head trauma from the impact to his chest and lower jaw after he dived at the feet of on-rushing players and was caught by the legs of Rodrigues.

Persela paid tribute to Huda, who played for the team more than 500 times since 1999, calling him “The Real Legend” of the club in a posting on Twitter.

Thousands of fans also took to social media in memory of Huda, who had been known to Persela supporters as “One Man, One Club, One Love”.