Raphael Dwamena, a Ghana striker, unfortunately collapsed and died during a league game in Albania.

The 28-year-old started Saturday's play between FK Egnatia and Partizani but collapsed and had to be stretchered off.

Doctors were unable to resuscitate the former Red Bull Salzburg forward, and he died as a result.

Some of Dwamena's old teams have acknowledged his death, with FC Zurich in Switzerland mourning him on X (formerly Twitter).


"FC Zurich mourns the loss of Raphael Dwamena." Raphael Dwamena, may you rest in peace. "You will always be one of us!" wrote the club.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) also issued a statement, saying, "Our thoughts are with Raphael Dwamena's family at this difficult time." Raphael faithfully represented Ghana and paid his dues to the country till his untimely death. We shall never forget his dedication to the National Course. Raphael, rest in peace!"

Although facts of the footballer's death are scarce at the time, Dwamena had been suffering from a medical problem for many years.

After the incident, he was brought to the hospital, and the match against Hartberg was cancelled.

His most recent setback occurred in 2021, when he fell while playing for the Austrian team BW Linz in a cup game.

After the incident, he was brought to the hospital, and the match against Hartberg was cancelled.

Despite being a potential attacker who had a tremendously fruitful season in Austria's top flight in 2016/17, Dwamena's career was frequently hampered by his heart issue.

A deal to Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion fell through in 2017 after he failed a medical due to a cardiac problem.

He had surgery to repair the problem and returned to the field in January 2020, but he has since been using a defibrillator.

There have been calls for Dwamena to retire from football due to his recurring heart condition, but the striker has repeatedly stated that he wants to play as long as he is medically fit to do so. His death, however, comes as a surprise, as he had been playing with an implanted defibrillator, which was approved by doctors.