Patrick Ekeng

Cameroon’s Ekeng dies on pitch

Cameroonian soccer player Patrick Ekeng died on Friday evening after collapsing during a match whilst playing for Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest.

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (MAY 6, 2016) (LOOK TV) – Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng died on Friday (May 6) after collapsing on the pitch during a match for his club.

Ekeng, 26, collapsed on the field after suffering a suspected heart attack shortly after coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute during a league match against Viitorul Constanta and was pronounced dead two hours after the incident.

The Romanian Football Federation (FRF) has postponed all soccer this weekend following the death.

The FRF said in a statement on Saturday that all matches in the top three divisions, the junior championship, futsal (indoor football) and women’s games that were scheduled to take place between May 7 and 9 were postponed.

The Romanian Cup final between Dinamo and CFR Cluj, which was due to be played on Tuesday, was also postponed until May 17.

Local media said police have begun an investigation into Ekeng’s death while hospital officials claimed that he had not received adequate first aid treatment at the ground, which was denied by the club’s doctor.

On Saturday (May 7), Dinamo fans unveiled a huge banner outside the club stadium that read “An empty place in our hearts”.

Academy players also paid homage to Ekeng as they laid candles at a shrine on the pitch where the midfielder collapsed the night before.

Ekeng, capped twice by Cameroon, had also played for Le Mans in France, as well as Swiss club Lausanne and Spain’s Cordoba.

Ekeng joined 18-times Romanian champions Dinamo as a free agent in January and scored his only goal in their 2-2 draw against Steaua Bucharest in the Romanian Cup semi-final’s second leg in April.

Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe also died after collapsing on the pitch, during a Confederations Cup match in 2003 against Colombia in France.