Curacao goalkeeper Jarzinho Pieter has died at the age of 31.
Only the day before the Caribbean Island was due to take on Haiti in the CONCACAF Nations League, tragedy has struck the islands football team.
Jarzinho Pieter was found dead at the team hotel in Port-au-Prince.
Pieter was the back-up keeper to international team-mate Columbus Crew SC’s Eloy Room.
Eloy Room paid tribute, via social media.
RIP Jarzinho Pieter #22 🙏🏾🇨🇼 pic.twitter.com/FU7k6dFdd1
— Eloy Room (@EloyRoom) September 9, 2019
He played for Curacao side Centro Dominguito.
Curacao although only considered a minnow of international football, has players in its squad which include:
Leandro Bacuna of Cardiff and his younger brother Juninho of Huddersfield, as well as Oldham pair Zeus de la Paz and Gevaro Nepomuceno.
It was thought that the game may be postponed following the tragic discovery.
However, players have decided the best tribute to their teammate would be to go ahead with the Concacaf Nations League match “in homage” to Pieter.
He had played 12 times for the Caribbean island.
It was decided as a mark of respect and recognition of the player that a minute’s silence will be held before Tuesday’s match, and before all other matches in the competition.
Leandro Bacuna posted via Instagram:
“Beautiful heart” and “my brother from another mother”.
The Football Federation of Curacao released an official statement that read:
“The Football Federation of Curacao informed the Confederation that, after consulting with the players, they decided to play tomorrow’s game against Haiti in homage to their team-mate,” Concacaf said in a statement.
“A minute of silence took place today in the matches of the League of Nations Concacaf and will take place before the kick-off tomorrow, as a tribute to the Confederation and in memory of Jarzinho for his contributions to football.”