As a result of the family tragedy of the Cerro Porteño coach, Conmebol decided to postpone the duel that the Guaraní team had to play against Fluminense for the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores
These are hours of deep pain for the historic former soccer player and now Paraguayan coach Francisco Chiqui Arce after hearing the news of the death of his 20-year-old son in a traffic accident that occurred in the city of Luque. As a result of this tragedy, Conmebol decided to postpone the match that Cerro Porteño was supposed to play this week against Fluminense for the second round of the Copa Libertadores.
The episode in which Alexsandro Javier Arce Añazco lost his life occurred on Sunday morning when he was traveling towards the city of Luque. Around 6.30, the gray Kia Picanto car that the young man was driving crashed into a tree on the side of the Silvio Pettirossi highway, near the Ñu Guasu Park, according to the Paraguayan newspaper ABC.
El hijo de Francisco Chiqui Arce, técnico del club Cerro Porteño, falleció este domingo tras un violento accidente de tránsito en la avenida Silvio Pettirossi, más conocida como Autopista, en la zona de Ñu Guasu.
Se trata de Alexandro Javier Arce Añazco, de 20 años pic.twitter.com/AmMiHuqULS
— En Linea Py (@py_linea) July 18, 2021
Minutes after the incident occurred, volunteer firefighters and police personnel arrived at the scene and found the body of Arce Añazco trapped inside the vehicle, no longer vital signs. The Cerro Porteño coach was alerted to the situation and quickly approached to recognize his son’s body. The causes of the impact are not yet known.
El Ciclón expressed its support for its DT with a heartfelt letter published on its social networks. “In these moments of sadness and regret, we adhere to the mourning of the relatives and we express the solidarity of all the Cerristas for such a regrettable event. We pray for the eternal rest of your loved one and for a Christian resignation for your entire family, ”the letter states.
Feliz dia a mi idolo, que seas eterno papá 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/KhGrH6jnWT
— Alex Arce (@arcealex01) June 20, 2021
In the same sense, the Paraguayan Soccer Association expressed itself: “The APF deeply regrets the departure of the athlete Alexsandro Arce Añazco, son of the Cerro Porteño Club coach, Francisco“ Chiqui ”Arce. Our heartfelt condolences to the family ”.
The historic coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, currently in charge of Gremio de Porto Alegre, also expressed his solidarity with the Paraguayan DT. “Arce, receive our love. Get a big hug from someone who loves you like a parent. Receive the affection of our entire team and of all our athletes. It is very difficult at this time to express the feeling we have for this loss but know that we are with you once again. We are saddened, very saddened with this loss of yours, ”he said in a lengthy speech at a press conference.
Faced with this tragedy, Conmebol made the decision to postpone the duel that Cerro Porteño had to play this Tuesday against Fluminense for the return of the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores (the first leg in Asunción ended with a 2-0 victory for the Brazilian team ). The game that will define the series will be played next Tuesday, August 3 at 7.15 pm at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
“The reason is due to the unfortunate death of Alexandro Javier Arce, son of Francisco ´Chiqui ‘Arce, coach of the Cerro Porteño Club. Considering the painful event and due to the sensitivity of the moment, CONMEBOL has decided to postpone the sporting event ”, stated the entity that governs South American football.
Francisco Chiqui Arce , 50, is a historical former Paraguayan footballer who during his career had steps for clubs in his country such as Cerro Porteño and Libertad, Gremio and Palmeiras from Brazil, and Gamba Osaka from Japan. With his National Team he played two World Cups: France 1998 and Korea-Japan 2002. As a coach, he has had steps through various Guarani clubs and a brief experience in the Ohod of Saudi Arabia. Since 2020 he has been in charge of Cerro Porteño.