Veteran Indonesian goalkeeper Choirul Huda, who played more than 500 times for club side Persela, has died after colliding with a teammate during a match.
The 38-year-old shot stopper was born in Lamongan and joined local club Persela in 1999.
A one-club man, the keeper went on to make 503 appearances for the club before his death during a Liga 1 match – the country’s top division – against Semen Padang on October 15, 2017.
Huda collided with teammate Ramon Rodrigues during the game, and was rushed to hopsital but pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
Club doctor Dr Yudistiro Andri Nugroho said, via a statement released on Persela’s website, that Huda suffered “impacts on the chest and lower jaws”.
He added the “initial analysis” suggested a “possibility of head trauma and neck trauma”.
Doctors at the hospital Huda was taken to suggested that the goalkeeper had stopped breathing and suffered a cardiac arrest.
The match continued after Huda was taken off, with Persela beating Semen Padang 2-0.
Persela said thousands of fans later attended a candlelit vigil to honour the goalkeeper.