|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|
PATRICK EKENG'S CAREER
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