The Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng has died in hospital, less than two hours after collapsing during a league mat...
The Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng has died in hospital, less than two hours after collapsing during a league match against Viitorul Constanta in Bucharest, Romania.
The Indomitable Lions' star had been on the pitch for only seven minutes after he entered as a second-half substitute when he fell to the floor, with his side 3-2 ahead, in the 70th minute.
He was taken by ambulance to the nearby Floreasca Emergency Hospital, which was swiftly surrounded by Dinamo fans desperate for news of a player who joined the club in January and was making his seventh league appearance.
The match was being televised live in Romania. Local media reported that he suffered a heart attack.
Local media report claimed it took about three minutes for Ekeng to be taken to the ambulance, which they said contained no specialist equipment and was intended to be used purely for transportation to the hospital.
Ekeng had previously played in Europe for Le Mans, Lausanne and Córdoba and had seven senior caps for Cameroon. Patrick Ekeng was aged 26.
Rest in peace Patrick Claude Ekeng Ekeng.