VIDEO: Cameroon Midfielder Patrick Ekeng Dies Aged 26 After Collapsing On Pitch During Romanian League Match

Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng lies on the pitch after collapsing during a match
Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng lies on the pitch after collapsing during a match
Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng has died in hospital after collapsing on the pitch during a Romanian league match on Friday [May 6]. Cristian Pandrea, a spokesman for the Floreasca Hospital, said doctors tried for an hour to resuscitate the 26-year-old midfielder but failed. The cause of death was not known.

Dinamo were leading 3-2 against Viitorul Constanta at home when midfielder Ekeng fell to the ground in the 69th minute, seven minutes after he came on as a substitute.
Players gather around the player after he fell to the ground in the 69th minute, seven minutes after coming on
Dinamo Bucharest players light candles along with supporters after Ekeng  died after collapsing in Bucharest
Dinamo Bucharest players light candles along with supporters after Ekeng died after collapsing in Bucharest


PATRICK EKENG'S CAREER

2008–2009: Canon Yaounde 
2009–2013: Le Mans
2011: Rodez (loan)
2013–2014: Lausanne-Sport
2014–2015: Cordoba 
2016: Dinamo Bucharest
Ekeng stumbled in the middle of the pitch before falling down to the turf and players from both teams soon rushed to his side as he laid motionless on the grass. A statement on Dinamo's official Facebook page said: 'Dinamo tonight lost footballer Claude Patrick Ekeng Ekeng forever. 'On behalf of all of Dinamo, sincere condolences to the bereaved family. God rest his soul.'

Local media in Romania reported he had a heart attack and he was immediately taken to the hospital, where dozens of fans gathered outside. Players and staff could be seen crying as events unfolded, while some went with him to the hospital, which is next door to the stadium.

'Resuscitation attempts were made for an hour and half without success,' Dinamo team doctor Liviu Paltinean said. He has played for Spanish club Cordoba, Swiss club Lausanne, and French outfit Le Mans. He moved to Dinamo in 2016 and made seven appearances in the league.




    - Daily Mail



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