By JOSIAH TAKANG
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Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon national team midfielder Patrick Ekeng has died in a hospital after collapsing on the pitch during a Romanian football league match Friday afternoon.
Ekeng came on as a 62nd-minute substitute during a league match against Romanian side Viitorul Constanta. Seven minutes later, in the 69th minute, Ekeng stumbled in the middle of the pitch before falling down to the turf.
Players from both teams soon rushed to his side as he laid motionless on the ground. Assorted media reports said he suffered a suspected heart attack and was pronounced dead in a hospital two hours later.
Dinamo said in a statement on its Facebook page, "Dinamo lost tonight, forever, footballer Patrick Claude Ekeng. On behalf of everyone at Dinamo, sincere condolences to the bereaved family. God rest his soul."
Ekeng had played for Spanish club Cordoba, Swiss club Lausanne, and French side Le Mans. He moved to Dinamo in 2016 and made seven appearances in the Romanian league. Ekeng made two appearances for the senior Cameroon national team.
Bizarrely, this is not the first time a Cameroonian midfielder has suddenly collapsed mid-match and died, as star Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe also passed under similar circumstances during a Confederations Cup match in 2003 against Colombia in France.