Cameroon’s Ekeng dies after collapse

Patrick Ekeng vies for the ball

Patrick Ekeng (left) had previously played for Le Mans and Cordoba

Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng has died aged 26 of a suspected heart attack after collapsing on the pitch.

Ekeng fell to the floor in the 70th minute of a televised Romanian league match between Dinamo and Viitorul.

He was pronounced dead in hospital two hours later.

The Cameroonian FA confirmed the news on Twitter, while Ekeng’s former club Cordoba tweeted: “We have no words to express our sadness at the loss.”

Ekeng had also previously played for Le Mans and Lausanne.

In 2003, Cameroon international midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe died after collapsing during a Confederations Cup match against Colombia in France.


Ekeng’s Cameroon international team-mate Stephane Mbia (right) paid this tribute on Twitter


Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin was among those to react to the news


Manchester United striker Anthony Martial also paid his respects

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