Persela Lamongan goalkeeper Choirul Huda dies after collision with teammate

Casey Dawson
October 16, 2017

He was rushed to hospital where he died.

The 38-year-old collapsed towards the end of the first-half in a meeting with Semen Pedang following a coming together with team-mate Ramon Rodrigues and Pedang attacker Marcel Sacramento.

An Indonesian goalkeeper died during a league match on Sunday (Oct 15) after colliding with one of his own teammates in Lamongan, East Java.

According to Goal, Persela head coach Aji Santoso told reporters afterward that Huda had passed away: "All of the players finished the game and went to the hospital, where it was announced that Choirul Huda had died". He was diagnosed with serious injuries to the head and neck.

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Huda joined Persela in 1999 and had made more than 500 appearances for the club.

However, things turned critical and Huda was rushed to the Dr Soegiri Lamongan General Hospital in Lamongan where he was declared dead at 5.15pm local time in the company of his teammates. For whatever reason, the impact led Huda to stop breathing, where he eventually suffered cardiac arrest.

The match continued, with Persela beating Semen Padang 2-0.

In an Instagram message dedicated to Huda, Persela said: "Thanks for the endless dedication and inspiration for Persela, Lamongan and Indonesian football".

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