VIDEO: Cameroon footballer Patrick Ekeng suffers heart attack away during match; passes away

Cameroonian international Patrick Ekeng has died after collapsing on the pitch during a match with his Romanian club Dinamo Bucharest, the club has confirmed. The 26-year-old defensive midfielder fell to the ground without any contact with another player just seven minutes after coming on as a substitute during the league game against Viitorul Constanta yesterday. 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 Paltinean told journalists.

Ekeng had played for several European clubs, spending four seasons with French Ligue 2 side Le Mans from 2009 to 2013 before arriving in Romania. The Cameroonian FA confirmed Ekeng’s death on Twitter on Friday, while his former club Cordoba tweeted: “We have no words to express our sadness at the loss.”Fifa president Gianni Infantino said: “At moments like this, words seem insufficient. Messages I’ve read online from teammates, his club in Romania, and former teams, show just how highly Patrick was regarded,” according to bbc.com.

Spokesperson of the Floreasca Emergency Hospital, Cristian Pandrea, said that the doctors spent an hour trying to resuscitate him but the midfielder could not pull through.

This is however not the first time a Cameroon player has collapsed out of a heart attack on the pitch. While on international duty, Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed during a match against the Colombia. He had a heart attack and the medical staff spent about 45 minutes to make his heart work again, but they were not successful.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)