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Curaçao Player Dies of Heart Attack in Port-au-Prince



The reserve goalie for Curaçao, Jairzinho Saul Emmanuel Pieter, was pronounced dead on Monday morning after succumbing to a heart attack while at the Marriott Hotel in Port-au-Prince. According to a source of the newspaper, Le Nouvelliste, an ambulance was seen in Turgeau to transport the body to a private morgue in the city.

Reports are that the 31-year old Pieter felt unwell. He told the team doctor, went to bed, and did not wake up before passing away at the team's hotel.

A statement from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) said “CONCACAF is deeply saddened by the passing of the Curacao National Team goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter, who passed away at the age of 31."

The statement continued, "Jairzinho died on Monday morning in Port-au-Prince at the hotel in which the Curacao team are staying ahead of their CONCACAF Nations League match against Haiti. The thoughts and prayers of our CONCACAF family are with his loved ones, the Curacao Football Federation and his team at this difficult time."

“The Confederation has been informed by the Curacao Football Federation that following consultation with the players, it has decided to play tomorrow’s match against Haiti in tribute to their team-mate. A moment of silence was conducted today in CONCACAF Nations League matches and will be held before kick-off tomorrow, as the entire Confederation pays its respect to Jairzinho for his contributions to the game,” the CONCACAF concluded its statement.

The Curaçao National Team is scheduled to play the second of back-to-back matches against the Haiti National Team on Tuesday. The Curacans were victorious in match 1 on Saturday in Willemstad, Curaçao. The Grenadiers fell [1-0] against the home team. All accounts show that the September 10 match at the Sylvio Cator Stadium at 6PM is maintained.

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