Cameroon midfielder Ekeng collapses on pitch during match, dies

  • Reuters
  • Updated: May 07, 2016 13:56 IST
Dinamo Bucharest's Patrick Ekeng of Cameroon lies on the pitch after collapsing during a league game in Bucharest, Romania on Friday. (AP)

Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng died on Friday after collapsing on the pitch during a match for his club.

Ekeng, 26, fell to the ground shortly after coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute during a league match against Viitorul Constanta, his club said in a statement on their website .

Media reports said he suffered a suspected heart attack and was pronounced dead in hospital two hours later.

In this Sept 26, 2009 photo, Cameroon's Patrick Ekeng, right, challenges Korea's Oh Jae Suk during their U-20 World Cup group C soccer match at the Suez Mubarak Stadium in Suez, Egypt. (AP file picture )

“Dinamo lost tonight, forever, footballer Patrick Claude Ekeng Ekeng,” Dinamo said.

“On behalf of everyone at Dinamo, sincere condolences to the bereaved family. God rest his soul.”

Dinamo Bucharest's Harlem Gnohere cries after his teammate Ekeng of Cameroon collapsed during a league match in Bucharest, Romania on Friday. (AP)

The Cameroon FA also confirmed the news on Twitter, while Ekeng’s former club Cordoba tweeted: “There are no words to express our sorrow for the death of Patrick Ekeng.”

Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe also died after collapsing on the pitch, during a Confederations Cup match in 2003 against Colombia in France.

Ekeng had also played for Le Mans in France, as well as Swiss club Lausanne.

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