Cameroon international Patrick Ekeng died after collapsing on the pitch playing a first division match on Friday with his Romanian side, Dinamo Bucharest. The 26-year-old midfielder fell to the ground without any contact with another player in the 70th minute of the game against Viitorul, just seven minutes after coming on as a substitute. Press play after the cut to watch the moment that happened. Ekeng, who joined the Romanian club in January, was rushed to hospital where staff were unable to resuscitate him.
"Resuscitation attempts were made for an hour and half without success," Dinamo team doctor Liviu Batineanu told journalists. 26 year old Ekeng made his debut for Cameroon in January 2015 and was named in the squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations from which Indomitable Lions' were eliminated in the group stage.
Before arriving in Romania, Ekeng played for several European clubs, spending four seasons with French Ligue 2 side Le Mans from 2009 to 2013. His death also echoed that of his countryman, Marc-Vivien Foe, who died of a heart attack in 2003 playing an Confederations Cup match against Colombia at the Gerland Stadium in Lyon, France.
Cameroon international midfielder and captain, Stephane Mbia tweeted his shock. "Our cameroon football family has lost a brother. I cannot believe this. Condolences to his family. RIP Patrick Ekeng."
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