28-year-old soccer star Raphael Dwamena has died suddenly after suffering a fatal heart attack in the middle of a game.
La Liga has been left in mourning after the sad death of ex-Levante and Zaragoza player Dwamena.
The 28-year-old passed away after suffering from a fatal heart attack during a game on Saturday, his current club, Albanian side KF Egnatia, has confirmed.
The former Ghanaian international was playing for Egnatia on Saturday against Partizani Tirana when he collapsed in the 23rd minute of the game.
Medical staff attempted to treat Dwamena on the pitch.
The match was abandoned shortly after he collapsed.
Reports in Albania claim he was quickly rushed to the nearest hospital in Kavaja.
However, Dwamena was pronounced dead shortly after arrival due to suffering a second massive heart attack.
Since the news of his death was confirmed, tributes have been pouring in.
A message from his former club Levante read:
“On behalf of #LevanteUD, we would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of our former player, Raphael Dwamena.
“Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.
“His legacy at our club will live on forever. RIP.”
Meanwhile, the Ghana Football Association also had some kind words.
Writing on Twitter, the soccer organization said:
“Our thoughts are with the family of Raphael Dwamena at this difficult time.
“Raphael represented Ghana wholeheartedly and paid his dues to the country until his unfortunate passing.
“We will forever miss him for his dedication to the National Course.
“Rest In Peace Raphael!!”
Dwamena started his professional career in the Red Bull Salzburg academy before spells with Austrian sides Liefering, Austria Lustenau, and FC Zurich.
He moved to Levante in 2018 but scored just one goal in 15 appearances before spells with Zaragoza and Vejle Boldklub.
The striker returned to Austria in 2021, a move that was followed by a prolific stint with Egnatia.
During his time with Egnatia, he scored 24 goals in 36 games.
He was the top goalscorer in the Albanian top division with nine goals from ten outings this term.
Dwamena had previously been named as his club’s captain for the 2023/24 season.
The striker also received senior international recognition with Ghana during his career.
He made eight appearances for the African nation between June 2017 and September 2018.
He netted two goals in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia over five years ago.