A longtime goalkeeper of Indonesian soccer team Persela Lamongan died shortly after accidentally clashing with a teammate during their game against Semen Padang.
Football veteran Choirul Huda left his recent game on Sunday on a stretcher, but was announced dead shortly after being transported to a local hospital.
The 38-year-old goalkeeper tried to clear a ball just moments after the halftime whistle, but accidentally bashed his head on a knee during the process, according to CBS. Unfortunately, the veteran of over 500 matches since 1999 did not survive the head-on collision involving his teammate and another player.
INNALILLAHI WAINNA ILAIHI ROJIUN
— PerselaFC (@PerselaFC) October 15, 2017
While both teams were able to finish their game, and proceed to the hospital afterwards, they were saddened after witnessing Huda’s lifeless body.
“The loss of Choirul Huda has hit us all hard,” the goalkeeper’s teammates exclaimed.
— Wahyu Bangkit P (@wahyubangkit1) October 16, 2017
According to Bleacher Report, the last players that Huda literally came into contact with were his teammates, 29-year-old Ramon Rodrigues, and 30-year-old Marcel Sacramento of the opposing team. Huda’s fans and teammates took to Twitter to express their condolences to the longtime Indonesian football player.
— Looks Persib (@lookspersib) October 16, 2017
— Eldad Nuha Holong (@LdadPLUR) October 16, 2017
— Rendy siregar (@siregarrendy) October 16, 2017
The veteran goalkeeper died doing what he loved. Meanwhile, there are other promising football players who fell off their career path not because of their performance, but due to incidents outside of the field instead.