- The 28-year-old Ghanaian had scored nine goals in the current edition.
- The Ghanaian footballer, passed away in Albania.
- it was the second time he collapsed on the pitch and this time he didn’t survive
Ghanian footbIaller Raphael Dwamena has tragically passed away at the age of 28 after collapsing on the pitch during a league game between FK Egnatia and Partizani in the Albanian league.
Dwamena reportedly collapsed in the 28th minute of the game, with the referee calling for a halt in the game and medics rushing to the scene.
According to reports, he was rushed to the hospital, but doctors were unable to revive him.
Raphael Dwamena has played for Spanish teams like Levante and Zaragoza.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA), in a statement on X, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of Raphael Dwamena at this difficult time. 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!”
His former teams have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late forward.
Despite being a promising striker, who enjoyed a hugely productive stint in the Austrian topflight in the 2016/17 season, Dwamena’s career was often held back by his heart condition.
In 2017, a move to Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion fell through when he failed a medical after a heart condition was detected.
He underwent surgery to correct the condition and returned to action in January 2020, but had since been playing with a defibrillator.
There were calls for Dwamena to retire from football due to his recurring heart condition but the striker often insisted he was keen on playing as long as he was medically fit to do so.
His death, however, comes as a shock, as he had been playing with an implanted defibrillator, which was okayed by doctors.