Indonesian goalie Choirul Huda dies after collision with teammate

Choirul Huda, goalkeeper for the Liga 1 club Persela Lamongan, has died after a collision with a teammate during a league match.

Huda, 38 collided with his teammate and defender Ramon Rodrigues along with an opponent, Semen Pedang attacker Marcel Sacramento when he came off his line to challenge for the ball, and lost consciousness following the clash inside his penalty area.

He was quickly stretchered off the field and rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The match continued after the incident with Persela beating Semen Padang 2-0 in the Indonesian top-flight match, but club coach Aji Santoso confirmed after the game that Huda had sadly lost his life. Later, thousands of fans later attended a candlelit vigil to honour the goalkeeper, who made more than 500 league appearances for his only club.

Huda had played for Persela since 1999, and the club described him as “the Real Legend of Persela” in a tribute on Twitter.

In a statement from a doctor at the Dr Soegiri Lamongan Hospital posted on the official Persela website, Huda was described as having suffered a “traumatic collision” which led to a cardiac arrest.

It said that initial analysis revealed the impact was to the chest and lower jaw, resulting in the “possibility of chest trauma, head trauma and neck trauma”.

Dr Nugroho, a resident of the hospital added that the collision resulted in Huda “stopping breathing and [caused a] cardiac arrest”, and while a medical team attempted to revive him there were “no reflexes of signs of normal life” after an hour.

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