Raphael Dwamena: Ghana Striker Collapses, Dies During Match in Albania

Raphael Dwamena: Ghana Striker Collapses, Dies During Match in Albania

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Ghana striker Raphael Dwamena has passed away
  • The striker passed away after collapsing in a league game
  • Dwamena played for several clubs, including Levante in Spain

Ghanaian footballer Raphael Dwamena has sadly passed away after collapsing during an Albanian Superliga game between FK Egnatia and KF Partizani.

The 28-year-old collapsed in the 23rd minute of the game and had to be rushed to the hospital, where he was declared dead.

Dwamena has been playing with an Implantable Cardioverter-Defribillator due to a heart problem.

Raphael Dwamena, Ghana, FK Egnatia, Albania
Ghanaian striker Raphael Dwamena playing for Swiss side FC Zurich. Credit: @FCZ
Source: Twitter
"Rest in Peace to KF Egnatia’s Raphael Dwamena. The Ghanian collapsed on the pitch during the Superliga match between Egnatia and Partizani. He later passed away in the hospital at the age of 28," wrote Albania Footy, confirming the death of the Ghana international.

The lanky forward's first case of a heart condition was when his move to Brighton hit the snag due to failing his medical.

He returned to Austria, where he was playing for Austria Lustenau and later FC Zurich, before earning a big move to Levante in Spain.

However, after different collapse cases, his career saw him move to Albania, where he was handed another lifeline.

He made nine appearances for the Black Stars of Ghana, scoring on his debut for the national team.

"Our thoughts are with the family of Raphael Dwamena at this difficult time. 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. Rest In Peace Raphael!," wrote the Ghana Football Association.

He started his career with Red Bull Salzburg before later joining Austria Lustenau. He also played for FC Zurich, Levante, Real Zaragoza, Velje Bodklub, BW Linz, and KF Egnatia.

Raphael Dwamena collapses in BW Linz game

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Black Stars forward Raphael Dwamena collapsed while playing for BW Linz against Hartberg in the Austrian Cup on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

The 26-year-old fell down and looked unconscious during the early stages of the game, forcing referee Andreas Heiss, to stop the match.

According to Skysports Austria, the Ghanaian forward is currently stable but has been hospitalized following the unfortunate incident.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.