Goalkeeper from Caribbean island of Curacao dies before game

Ruben Hill
September 11, 2019

The national soccer teams from Curaçao and Haiti will observe a moment of silence before their match Tuesday night in memory of Curaçao's backup goalie, who died suddenly on Monday.

Pieter, 31, had been called up to the 23-man squad to face Haiti in a CONCACAF Nations League match on Wednesday.

The cause of death was not immediately known, though reports indicated that the player suffered from heart problems.

In the 2019 tournament, Curacao advanced to the quarter-final stage, where they were beaten by the United States as the nation achieved its best ever result in a Gold Cup.

Haitian Sports Minister Edwin Charles wrote on Twitter that Pieter died of a heart attack.

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) expressed it's sadness for Pieter's sudden death and announced in a statement that Tuesday's encounter between Haiti and Curacao will go ahead, with the Curacao players eager to play "as a tribute to their teammate".

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

"The thoughts and prayers of our Concacaf family are with his loved ones, the Curaçao Football Federation and his team at this hard time", the organization said in a statement. "Our thoughts and condolences to his family, team-mates and the FFK", Montagliani said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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