These are hours of deep pain for the historic former footballer and now Paraguayan coach Francisco Chiqui Maple after hearing the news of the death of her 20-year-old son in a traffic accident in the city of Luque. As a result of this tragedy, Conmebol decided to postpone the meeting that Cerro Porteño had to dispute this week before Fluminense for the round of the last 16 of the Libertadores Cup.
The episode in which Alexsandro Javier Arce Añazco He lost his life occurred on Sunday morning when he was traveling in the direction of the city of Luque. Around 6.30, the gray Kia Picanto car that the young man was driving crashed into a tree on one side of the Silvio Pettirossi highway, near the Ñu Guasu Park, according to the Paraguayan media ABC.
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.
The Cyclon He expressed his support for his DT with a heartfelt letter published on his social networks. “In these moments of sadness and regret, we adhere to the mourning of the relatives and express the solidarity of all cerristas for such an unfortunate event. We pray for the eternal rest of your loved one and for a Christian resignation for your entire family, ”the letter states.
In the same sense, the Paraguayan Football Association: “The APF deeply regrets the departure of the athlete Alexsandro Arce Añazco, son of the Club Cerro Porteño coach, Francisco“ Chiqui ”Arce. Our heartfelt condolences to the family ”.
The historic coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, currently in charge of Porto Alegre Guild, also expressed 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 an extensive speech at a press conference.
Faced with this tragedy, the Conmebol made the decision to postpone the duel that Cerro Porteño had to play this Tuesday before Fluminense for the round of the last 16 of the Libertadores Cup (the first leg in Asunción ended with a victory for 2-0 for the Brazilian team). The meeting that will define the series It 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”, Said the entity that governs South American football.
Francisco Chiqui Maple, 50, is a historical former Paraguayan footballer who during his career had steps for clubs in his country such as Cerro Porteño Y Freedom, Guild Y Palmeiras from Brazil, and Prawn Osaka from Japan. With his National Team he played two World Cups: France 1998 and that of Korea-Japan 2002. As a coach he has had steps for various clubs Guaranies and a brief experience in the Ohod from Saudi Arabia. Since 2020 he has been in charge of Cerro Porteño.