Ghana forward Raphael Dwamena dies during Albanian league match

Former Ghana striker Raphael Dwamena died after collapsing during an Albanian Super League match on Saturday.

The Albanian Football Federation confirmed the death of the 28-year-old Dwamena.

Images shared on social networks show the player alone before fading on the field 24 minutes into the duel between Egnatia de Dwanena and Partizani.

Other players run to help him, and despite immediate medical intervention, the federation confirmed that “unfortunately the player died.

The game was stopped when it was tied 1-1.

Dwamena, the top scorer with nine goals this season in the Albanian Super League, played eight games for the national team and scored two goals.

“The Ghana Football Federation is saddened to hear of the death of our former player Raphael Dwamena and we would like to express our sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time,” the Federation said in a statement.

The Albanian Federation did not give details of the possible cause, but local press reports referred to his previous heart problems, including a 2021 duel with Blau-Veis Linz of Austria, when he had to be hospitalized for a heart problem,

Dwamena’s career included stints in Spain, Denmark and Sweden.

Albania’s Brazilian coach, Sylvinho, expressed his condolences on social media: “Rest in peace. Condolences to the family and friends.”

Levante and Zaragoza of Spain also expressed their condolences for the death of their former player.

Dwamena signed with Levante in 2018 and played one season with the club before going on loan to Zaragoza, a team with which he played in 2019-20.

“Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time. His legacy with our club will last forever,” Levante published on the social network X, formerly known as Twitter.

Zaragoza published in X: “We are devastated by the sad news of the death of our former player Rapahel Dwamena. You will always be in the memory of Zaragoza fans. Rest in peace”.

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