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Former LaLiga star Raphael Dwamena dies after on-field collapse

The 28-year-old Ghana international was playing for Albanian club KF Egnatia when he suffered an apparent cardiac arrest.

Former LaLiga star Raphael Dwamena dies after on-field collapse

Former Zaragoza and Levante forward Raphael Dwamena has passed away after collapsing in the middle of a game on Saturday.

The 28-year-old was playing for Albanian club KF Egnatia when he suffered an apparent cardiac arrest in the 24th minute. Dwamena was treated by emergency services on the field of play, before being taken to a nearby hospital.

Reports in the Albanian press suggest that Dwamena died en route to the Kavaje Hospital. All sporting events in Albania were suspended in his honour.

The Ghanaian Football Association released a statement saying: “Raphael represented Ghana wholeheartedly and paid his dues to the country until his unfortunate passing. We will forever miss him for his dedication to the National Coarse.”

Raphael Dwamena had previous heart issues in Spain

The Ghanaian footballer had enjoyed an extensive career in European soccer, moving from Swiss giants FC Zurich to LaLiga sides Levante and Zaragoza.

During his loan spell with Zaragoza Dwamena was found to have a heart condition that doctors suspected would make him more susceptible to cardiovascular issues. A pitch-side defibrillator was installed during his time in Spain. Eventually, doctors advised him to retire from professional soccer.

He moved on to Austria, but suffered a major health scare when he collapsed during an Austrian Cup match for BW Linz. On that occasion medical staff were able to revive Dwamena, but he was no longer able to play in Austria.

He signed for Albanian side Egnatia in December 2022 and had impressed during his time with the team.

After his death was announced on Saturday evening, Former team Levante released a statement: “On behalf of Levante, we would like to express our sincere condolences for the death of our former player, Raphael Dwamena.”