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'A player who gave his heart on the field' - Panama footballer shot dead

33-year-old midfielder Amilcar Henriquez was killed outside his home in Nuevo Colon yesterday.

Henriquez won 75 caps for his country.
Henriquez won 75 caps for his country.

PANAMA INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLER Amilcar Henriquez has died after being shot multiple times in his homeland.

Arabe Unido midfielder Henriquez — a veteran of 75 international caps for the national team — was killed outside his house in Nuevo Colon, a province of Colon, on Saturday.

The 33-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital but medics were unable to save him. Two other people were injured in the incident.

The Panama Football Federation (FEPAFUT) and LPF outfit Arabe Unido paid tribute to Henriquez.

“We regret the death of our selected national Amilcar Henriquez deep,” the FEPAFUT wrote via Twitter. “God gets your soul Mickey.”

Arabe Unido said: “We regret the death of our blue Amilcar Henriquez, a player who gave his heart on the field and the selection.”

The Mexico national team also expressed their condolences, writing: “We join the grief of our Panamanian brothers. Rest in peace, Amilcar Henriquez.”

Henriquez — who made his international debut in 2005 — had featured in Panama’s World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia 2018, playing in the 1-1 draw against the United States last month.

He had also returned to boyhood club Arabe Unido last year, having spent time with America Cali, Real Cartagena, Independiente Medellin, Atletico Huila and Santacrucena.

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