The Curacao national football team is mourning after their goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter suffering a cardiac arrest on the eve of a CONCACAF Nations League clash.
The goalkeeper is reported to have felt unwell before suffering the heart attack and passing away. He and his teammates were preparing for Wednesday's match at the Marriott Hotel in Port-au-Prince against Haiti in a Nations League encounter.
Curacao have decided to proceed to with the international encounter with goalkeeper Eloy Room showing the team holding a minute's silence on Monday.
A statement from CONCACAF read, "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."
Pieter plays his club football with SV Vesta in his home country and was an unused substitute in the 1-0 home victory over Haiti on Saturday.