Curacao goalkeeper dies before game

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Virgilio Sport

Curacao reserve goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Monday in Haiti while on global duty.

The federation said that Jairzinho passed away Monday morning at the hotel in Port-au-Prince where the Curacao team are staying before their Concacaf Nations League match against Haiti.

Jairzinho earned 11 caps for Curacao during his career, making the roster for the 2017 and 2019 Gold Cup.

"The Football Federation of Curacao informed the Confederation that, after consulting with the players, they made a decision to play tomorrow's game against Haiti in homage to their team-mate", Concacaf said in statement.

The players have chose to go ahead with the Concacaf Nations League match "in homage" to Pieter, who had played 12 times for the Caribbean island.

But according to the report on BBC, the players have chose to go on with the match on Tuesday, September 10, where a minute's silence will be obtained to honor the deceased.

Starting keeper Eloy Room, of MLS's Columbus Crew, posted a video on Twitter of the team gathered and mourning Pieter.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper was reported to have suffered a heart attack on Monday, September 9, while in the team's camp before he was later confirmed dead by the Concacaf football governing body. "Our thoughts and condolences to his family, team-mates and the FFK", Montagliani said. Curaçao won the match in its capital, Willemstad, 1-0.

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