Former Ghanaian striker, Raphael Dwamena, tragically passed away on Saturday following a heart attack on the pitch during a match in Albania. The 28-year-old, who was the leading scorer in the Albanian league this season with nine goals for Egnatia, had encountered cardiac issues throughout his career.
Dwamena, once considered a rising star for Ghana with nine caps to his name, faced setbacks, including a failed medical that prevented a move to Brighton in 2017. In 2021, he collapsed on the pitch during a game in Austria, further highlighting his ongoing health challenges.
Endi Tufa, an Albanian football analyst, noted that Dwamena “lived for football.” Despite facing cardiac problems, Dwamena underwent a heart operation in 2020, receiving an automatic defibrillator to allow him to continue playing. After the surgery, he played in the Danish, Austrian, and Swiss leagues before joining Albanian team KF Egnatia in January 2023.
The Albanian Football Federation expressed deep shock over Dwamena’s untimely death and postponed all scheduled games in the country for the week as a mark of respect to the late footballer.