Ruby Akakpo, the mother of the late Ghanaian striker Raphael Dwamena, has shared the heart-wrenching moment she learned of her son’s passing. Speaking on Onua Sports on Maakye on Onua FM/TV, Akakpo disclosed that she had spoken to her son just two days before the tragic incident on Saturday, November 11.
“I talked to Nana Kwame on Thursday,” she conveyed to host Captain Smart, emphasizing that her son maintained frequent communication with the family through video calls.
The family initially discovered the news through social media and subsequently reached out to Dwamena’s manager for confirmation, but as of now, they have not received official communication from his club, KF Egnatia.
Dwamena tragically collapsed on the field during the 23rd minute of a match between KF Egnatia and Partizani in the Albanian league. Despite receiving on-field medical attention, he was declared dead while en route to Kavaje Hospital.
Having joined FK Egnatia in 2022, Dwamena had an impressive record of 37 appearances and 24 goals for the club. At the time of his untimely passing, he led the scoring charts with nine goals in the 2023/24 season.
His heart condition, initially identified during medical assessments with English Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion in 2017, led to the club opting not to sign him.
Undeterred, Dwamena continued his football journey, playing for clubs in Spain, Denmark, Austria, and Switzerland before joining KF Egnatia.
Despite advice from his family regarding his heart condition, Dwamena chose to pursue his passion for football. His mother expressed, “So, we allowed him to play until a time when he will voluntarily stop.” Dwamena passed away at the age of 28.
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