Dinamo Bucharest midfielder, Cameroon international Patrick Ekeng died Friday night during a match at home with Viitorul Constanta of a suspected heart attack. He was 26.
Ekeng, who had been introduced just seven minutes earlier, collapsed on pitch unconscious in the 70th minute of the Romanian league match without having made contact with an opponent. He was given first aid on the spot by Dinamo’s medical staff and then rushed in an ambulance to the Floreasca Emergency Hospital, but after more than one hour of resuscitation attempts he was pronounced dead.
Dinamo played with just ten men after Ekeng’s dramatic exit from the game.
Dinamo Bucharest’s team doctor Liviu Batineanu said that Ekeng had no known medical issues, stressing that no footballer is allowed to play unless he has the medical OK, and that the athletes undergo a complex exam at the National Sports Medicine Institute.
A Facebook statement released by the Dinamo club read: “Dinamo tonight lost footballer Claude Patrick Ekeng Ekeng forever. Introduced in the field in minute 62 of the match Dinamo – Viitorul, the Cameroonian midfielder collapsed on the lawn a few minutes later and left in his white and red T-shirt for a better world, to join Catalin Hildan, Florea Dumitrache, brothers Ion and Lica Nunweiller, Sandu Custovic, Misa Klein, Nelu Stanescu and other great footballers who wrote the history of our club. On behalf of all of Dinamo, sincere condolences to the bereaved family. God rest his soul.”