Raphael Dwamena, a 28-year-old Ghanaian striker, passed away after collapsing during a football match in Albania.
He was playing for FK Egnatia against Partizani on Saturday when he had to be taken off on a stretcher. Despite efforts by doctors, they were unable to revive him. His former club, FC Zurich, and the Ghana Football Association expressed their condolences.
Dwamena had faced health challenges for several years, including a 2021 incident where he collapsed during a cup game for BW Linz in Austria.
This led to the match being called off. His career was affected by a heart condition, causing a failed move to Brighton and Hove Albion in 2017. After surgery to address the condition, he returned to playing in January 2020, wearing a defibrillator. Despite calls for retirement, he insisted on playing as long as he was medically cleared.
His sudden death is surprising, considering he had been playing with an implanted defibrillator approved by doctors.
Dwamena’s dedication to football and his unfortunate passing have left a void, with tributes pouring in from his former clubs and the Ghanaian football community.
Rest in peace Rapheal 🙏.