28-year-old Ghanaian footballer, Raphael Dwamena has passed away in Albania during a league match.
This incident happened during a game between his side, Egnatia and Partizani on Saturday, November 11, 2023.
The striker, who has scored nine goals and the top scorer in the Superior of Albania, suffered a heart attack and collapsed in the first half of the match.
Despite being rushed to the hospital, he unfortunately succumbed.
Raphael Dwamena was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2017 and had an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) to monitor his heart rate in 2020 during his time with Spanish side Levante.
Despite this medical intervention, Dwamena suffered from a relapse in October 2021 when he collapsed on the pitch in a game involving Blau-Weiss and Harterg in the Austrian League.
However, he survived after he was stabilized quickly and recovered in the hospital; the game was abandoned. He was later released by the club.
His heart condition was the main factor behind his move to Danish Superliga side Velje Boldklub falling through after a deal was agreed with the club’s sporting director expressing concern over Dwamena’s heart measurement.
Dwamena was part of a 30-man Black Stars squad called up for the 2017 AFCON competition but missed out on a spot in the 23-man squad selected for the biannual tournament.
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