On Saturday, a former member of the Ghana national soccer team died in the middle of a game.
While playing for KF Egnatia in the Albanian Super League, Raphael Dwamena collapsed in the 24th minute of a match against Partizani. Footage of the incident shows Dwamena attempting to run before limply falling forwards.
Within seconds, other players realized the urgency of the matter, rushing towards him, and flipping him onto his back. a player appeared to administer CPR, and an ambulance quickly entered the field.
The game was promptly halted following the incident.
The Albanian Football Federation confirmed Dwamena “unfortunately passed away,” while the Ghana Football Association said he “suffered a heart attack.”
“The Ghana Football Association is sad to hear of the death of our former player Raphael Dwamena and wish to express our deepest condolences to his family at this difficult moment,” the organization said in a statement.
“Our thoughts are with the family of Raphael Dwamena at this difficult time,” the association added, via the New York Post. “Raphael represented Ghana wholeheartedly and paid his dues to the country until his unfortunate passing. We will forever miss him for his dedication to the National Coarse. Rest In Peace Raphael.”
Dwamena had previously been hospitalized in 2021 with heart problems during another game, according to local media reports. Dwamena made nine appearances with the Ghana national team from 2017 to 2018.
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