In a tragic incident, an Indonesian footballer reportedly died after he was hit by lightning during a friendly match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang.
The 35-year-old male footballer was from Subang. He collapsed during the match at the Siliwangi Stadium in Bandung, West Java. Theplayerhas been identified as Septain Raharja.
As per reports, the footballer was still breathing after the incident. He was rushed to a local hospital immediately. However, he died after suffering intense burns.
The incident occurred around 4:20 pm local time on Saturday, with Raharja collapsing during the match. Witnesses described the harrowing scene as players and teams observed a moment of silence in honor of the fallen athlete.
The terrifying moment, captured on video, has reverberated across the sports world, leaving fans in disbelief.
Footballer (soccer) dead after being struck by lightning during a match in Indonesia⚡️— Global Dissident (@GlobalDiss) February 12, 2024
⭕️The man, later identified as Septain Raharja(35), was competing in a friendly football match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang, when lightning struck him at around 4:20pm local time on… pic.twitter.com/rAzB0rHCVi
As per Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the lightning struck Raharja from a cloud just 300 meters above the stadium.
Notably, football has also witnessed other heartbreaking incidents on the pitch, with Ivory Coast’s Moustapha Sylla collapsing and passing away during a game in March 2023.