Albanian prosecutors have started an investigation into the tragic passing of Raphael Dwamena.


An investigation into the unfortunate passing of Ghanaian striker Raphael Dwamena has been initiated by Albanian prosecutors. 

Regrettably, the 28-year-old captain of KF Egnatia experienced a cardiac arrest during a league match on Saturday. After receiving prompt on-field medical attention, he was quickly taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Regrettably, he was declared deceased while on the way. 

The investigation is focused on understanding the details surrounding Dwamena's death. Prosecutors are diligently gathering information and conducting interviews with the team and medical staff. A forensic investigation will also be conducted to determine the cause of death, while the club has obtained a record of the player's medical history. 

The striker had a previous medical history related to heart issues, as they were diagnosed with a heart condition in 2017. In spite of encountering difficulties, Dwamena experienced multiple collapses during games while playing with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). 

He was released from Austrian club Blau-Weiss Linz in 2021 after collapsing during a cup match, which was a difficult experience for him. 

Dwamena's football journey involved a remarkable period with FC Zürich, during which he had a significant impact by scoring 12 goals in 18 matches. His contributions played a crucial role in helping the club achieve promotion to the Swiss Super League. 

In 2017, a potential transfer to Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion unfortunately did not materialize. This was due to a failed medical examination, which was linked to his heart condition. Later on, he joined La Liga team Levante UD in 2018. 

In 2019, after further examinations of his heart condition, Dwamena received recommendations to immediately withdraw and retire from football. However, he chose to persevere and in January 2020, he had an ICD implemented. He started his club career at Liefering and also had stints at Vejle BK and Levante. 

Dwamena's international career began in 2017 during an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia, where he scored two goals. He managed to score two goals in just nine appearances for the national team. 


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