Choirul Huda, a 38-year-old goalkeeper for Indonesian club Persela FC, died Sunday after colliding with a teammate and opponent during an Indonesian first-division match against Semen Padang.
Huda had been playing for Persela since 1999 - the only club he ever played for in professional Indonesian football.
Doctor Zaki Mubarok said of Huda: "He was just brought to the hospital still breathing, but was lifeless at around (5pm)". He collapsed on the field shortly after the head-to-knee collision and was transported to a local hospital before the team announced his death after the match. He then fell unconscious and was rushed to Regional General Hospital in Lamongan, where he passed away.
Dr Nugroho said the collision meant Huda was unable to breathe, causing a cardiac arrest.
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Insiden mewarnai laga Persela versus Semen Padang, Minggu (15/10/2017).
"The loss of Choirul Huda has hit us all hard".
Footage from the game, televised live on Batam island, shows Huda rushing off his line to block an opposing player from shooting and colliding with his defender. "We did not have time to a see a doctor, only to see his body".
The club called him a "legend of Persela" in its tribute on social media. "Thank you for the inspiration you gave to Persela, Lamongan and Indonesian football".