Ghanaian striker Raphael Dwamena tragically collapsed and passed away during a league match in Albania. The 28-year-old, who started for FK Egnatia against Partizani on Saturday, had to be stretchered off after collapsing, and despite efforts by doctors, he could not be resuscitated.
Confirmation of Dwamena’s death came from some of his former clubs, with FC Zurich expressing their mourning on social media, stating, “FC Zurich mourns Raphael Dwamena. Rest in Peace Raphael Dwamena. You will always be one of us!”
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) also extended condolences, emphasizing Dwamena’s dedication to representing Ghana and expressing deep sadness at his untimely passing.
While details surrounding his death are limited, Dwamena had been battling health issues for several years, with his most recent setback occurring in 2021 when he collapsed during a cup game for the Austrian club BW Linz.
Despite facing challenges due to a heart condition, Dwamena underwent surgery and returned to action in January 2020, playing with an implanted defibrillator.
His career was marred by the heart condition, leading to a failed move to Brighton and Hove Albion in 2017.
Calls for his retirement due to the recurring heart condition were countered by Dwamena’s determination to play as long as he was medically fit.
His sudden death is particularly shocking, given his recent history of playing with an implanted defibrillator, approved by doctors.
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