Jakarta. Arema has paid a tribute to its legendary goalie Achmad Kurniawan who died from illness on Tuesday (11/01) by retiring his shirt number, 47.
"I've known him very well since we were at Persik Kediri, his loyalty couldn't be questioned," Arema general manager Ruddy Widodo told local news outlet Detiksport on Wednesday (11/01).
"On behalf Arema's management, I express my deep condolences to Achmad's family. This is a shocking loss," Ruddy said.
"We have locked away the number 47. It will remind us of Achmad forever," he added.
Arema also made the announcement on their official Twitter account @AremaFCofficial, saying: "Number 47 will forever be the story of our legendary goalkeeper Achmad Kurniawan."