Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng, 26, dies after collapsing on pitch

Patrick Ekeng
Cameroon midfielder , 26, has died after collapsing while playing for Dinamo Bucharest today.

Ekeng collapsed seven minutes after coming on.
The Incident occurred after 69 minutes against Viitorul Constant

The midfielder died in hospital, less than two hours after collapsing during a league match against Viitorul Constanta.

The player had been on the pitch for only seven minutes after his introduction as a second-half substitute when he fell to the floor, with his side 3-2 ahead, in the 70th minute. The match was being televised live in Romania. Local media reported that he suffered a heart attack.

Ekeng was taken by ambulance to the nearby Floreasca Emergency Hospital.
Patrick Ekeng
Ekeng was Born in Yaounde, Ekeng joined Canon Yaounde’s youth setup in 2006, aged 16, and made his senior debuts with the club’s main squad in 2008. On 4 July 2009 he signed a three-year deal with Le Mans FC, and was initially assigned to the reserve squad in CFA.

Ekeng played his first match as a professional on 20 August 2010, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0–2 home loss against LB Chateauroux for the Ligue 2 championship. He continued to appear regularly with the B-side, however.

On 14 January 2011 Ekeng joined Championnat National side Rodez AF on loan until June. He featured regularly as his side was eventually relegated.

Ekeng returned to Le Mans in June, and appeared regularly for the side in the following two campaigns, the second finishing in relegation. He left the club on 8 July 2013, and signed a two-year deal with FC Lausanne-Sport in the same day.

On 14 July 2014, Ekeng signed a two-year deal with newly promoted side Cordoba CF. He made his La Liga debut on 30 August, replacing Aritz Lopez Garai in the 74th minnute of a 1–1 home draw against Celta de Vigo.

Ekeng scored his first goal in the main category of Spanish football on 3 October, netting the first of a 1–1 away draw against Getafe CF. On 31 August of the following year, after suffering relegation as dead last, he rescinded his contract.

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