Former Ghana Striker Raphael Dwamena Dies After Collapsing During Albanian Super League Match

Former Ghana striker Raphael Dwamena has died after collapsing Saturday during an Albanian Super League match. The Albanian Football Federation confirmed the death of the 28-year-old Dwamena.

Footage on social media appeared to show the player falling over on the field in the 24th minute of the match between Dwamena’s Egnatia and Partizani. Other players rushed over and, despite immediate medical intervention, the federation said ‘the player unfortunately passed away.’

The game was halted at 1-1 with no further play. Dwamena, this season’s top scorer with nine goals in the Albanian Super League, made eight appearances for Ghana and scored twice. An official statement from the Ghana football team said: ‘The Ghana Football Association is sad to hear of the death of our former player Raphael Dwamena and wish to express our deepest condolences to his family at this difficult moment.’

No details over a possible cause were given by the Albanian federation but local media reports focused on the player’s previous heart problems, including one game in 2021 with Austria´s Blau-Veis Linz when he was hospitalized with heart problems.