Former La Liga footballer Raphael Dwamena has died aged 28 after suffering a fatal cardiac arrest, his club has confirmed. The Ghanaian player was playing in the Albanian Super League for his club KF Egnatia before collapsing on the pitch on Saturday, and has been pronounced dead despite the efforts of the medical team.
Dwamena fell in the 23rd minute of the match between Egnatia and Partizani Tirana on Saturday and with the scores level at 1-1, the match was abandoned in the first half.
Doctors attended the player on the field and quickly took him to the nearest hospital in Kavaja. But he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards, after suffering another heart attack while being treated, according to local media in Albania.
The former Ghana international, who won nine caps for his country and scored two goals, has suffered from numerous heart-related issues since being diagnosed with a heart defect in 2017. He was fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) has fallen. during the Austrian Cup match in October 2021.
After learning of his death, his former club Levante released a statement to announce his tragic death and paid tribute to their former player.
It read: “On behalf of #LevanteUD, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences on the death of our former player, Raphael Dwamena. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time. He will endure. RIP. “
The Ghana Football Association also paid their respects to their former international striker, writing on X (formerly Twitter): “Our thoughts are with Raphael Dwamena’s family at this difficult time. Raphael represented Ghana and paid his dues to the country until his unfortunate death. We will forever miss his dedication to the National Garse.”
Dwamena started his career in Austria after joining Red Bull Salzburg after three years with the Red Bull Academy in Ghana.
He earned a move to FC Zurich after scoring 18 goals in 20 games for Austria Lustenau and quickly moved up to La Liga with Levante for the 2018-19 season.
However, he failed to score a goal in 12 games and subsequently joined Zaragoza on loan in the second tier.
A spell in Denmark followed before he returned to Austria and signed for Egratia in 2023. He led the way in Albania, scoring 20 goals in 28 games and was the league’s top scorer.
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