Jakarta. Achmad Kurniawan, Arema FC's 37-year-old goalkeeper, died Tuesday (10/01) after falling into a coma two weeks ago.
"Senior goalkeeper Achmad Kurniawan has passed away, he'll be buried in the place where he was born," Arema said via its official Twitter account on Tuesday evening.
The veteran goalie reportedly suffered a heart attack and fell into a coma on Dec. 29 shorty after Arema, previously known as Arema Cronus, finished second in the Indonesia Soccer Championship league.
The East Jakarta-born goalkeeper had been in fine form, presenting a formidable challenge to now champions Persipura Jayapura.
Achmad was a former national team goalie and older brother of recent national side number one player Kurnia Meiga, who also plays for Arema.
Leading sportspeople, clubs and officials have shown their support for the footballer's family, including Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi.
"May Arema's goalkeeper Achmad Kurniawan rests in peace," Imam said on his Twitter account @imam_nahrawi.
"Achmad Kurniawan, one of the best goalkeepers of Indonesia, we send deep condolences," Persipura said via its Twitter account @Persipura_.
Andi Peci, leader of the Persebaya fan group known as Bonek, offered wise words.
"Indonesian football lovers sometimes forget that football is not always about rivalry, it's also about humanity. May you rest in peace Achmad Kurniawan, the best goalkeeper Arema ever had," Andi said on his Twitter @AndiePeci.