Ghanaian striker Raphael Dwamena, aged 28, tragically passed away during a match in Albania
The incident occurred on Saturday in the 24th minute of the game against Partizani, with footage circulating on social media depicting Dwamena collapsing on the field. Despite immediate first aid and efforts by specialist doctors, he couldn’t be revived, as announced by the Albanian Football Federation.
Raphael Dwamena at Levante in 2019 Pic: AP
No specific cause of death was provided, leading to the suspension of the match at 1-1, and the postponement of all scheduled games in Albania this week. Dwamena, who had previously been diagnosed with a heart condition in 2017, experienced a setback in a proposed £14m transfer to Brighton that year due to a failed medical.
Raphael Dwamena at Levante UD during a La Liga game in 2018
His resilient playing career included a notable stint with Levante in the Spanish La Liga and a loan spell at Real Zaragoza during the 2019-20 season. The football community mourns the loss of Dwamena, with both Levante and Zaragoza expressing their condolences on social media.
Levante conveyed, “Our deepest condolences for the passing of our former player, Raphael Dwamena. His legacy at our club will always endure.” Zaragoza, on X, formerly known as Twitter, stated, “We are devastated by the sad news of the passing of our former player Raphael Dwamena. You will always be in the memory of Zaragoza’s fans. Rest in peace.”
Dwamena, who had collapsed during a 2021 game in Austria but recovered, also made significant contributions to the Ghanaian national team, earning nine caps and scoring two goals. Ghana Football Association President Kurt Edwin Simeon Okraku recognized Dwamena’s service, stating, “He served his country well and showed class anytime he represented Ghana.” Additionally, the striker had been the leading scorer in the Albanian league this season, netting nine goals before this tragic incident.