Ghanaian professional football player (28) dies after heart attack on field, despite internal defibrillator

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Raphael Dwamena, a 28-year-old Ghanaian footballer, died on Saturday during the league match in the Albanian top flight between KF Egnatia and FK Partizani. His club Egnatia confirmed the news on social media. Dwamena, who was known to have a heart defect, had collapsed during the match with a heart attack and died on the way to hospital.

Dwamena had been working at Egnatia since the beginning of this year. He started his European adventure at the age of eighteen with the youth of RB Salzburg. Afterwards he was active in Austria (Liefering, Austria Lustenau and Blau Weiss Linz), Switzerland (FC Zürich and BSC Old Boys), Spain Levante and Real Zaragoza) and Denmark (Vejle). He was also an eight-time Ghanaian international (two goals). He collected all his caps in 2017 and 2018.

Dwamena’s heart defect was discovered in August 2017 during a medical examination at Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion. At that time, the Ghanaian was about to make a multi-million transfer from FC Zurich to Brighton, but was medically rejected. Afterwards, the player had an internal defibrillator implanted and he resumed his career.

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