Raphael Dwamena refused to retire despite heart problems – this is why


Raphael Dwamena, who tragically collapsed and died during a league game in Albania, is currently mourned by the football world.

On Saturday, November 11, 2023, the Ghana striker died at the age of 28 while playing for FK Egnatia against Partizani.

When Dwamena collapsed to the ground and became unconscious, play was halted and the match was eventually suspended.

His teammates quickly summoned the medics, who were unable to resuscitate the former Red Bull Salzburg forward.

In a 2020 interview with El Periodico De Aragon, the footballer stated that despite his recurring heart condition, he hoped to play for a long time.

He explained that he believed God was with him and would look after his heart, and that his faith had made him fearless.

“Obviously, it was not a good feeling to have to leave football, it was a hard blow to stop playing at that time. But I knew that I would play again because God is always faithful and is always with me,” Dwamena said in the interview three years ago.

“Taking the news was not a problem. And the media will publish everything they hear, that’s not something new, it always happens.

“At all times. I always feel like nothing is wrong with me. I believe that God is the one who takes care of my heart. I may have symptoms of heart problems or other things, but I am never afraid. God is with me.”

“Each doctor has his own opinions, and I respected them; I looked for different evaluations,” he added. I respect their roles and jobs, but my wish was to return to playing and do everything in my power to do so.”

Dwamena’s most recent setback occurred in 2021, when he collapsed while playing in a cup match for the Austrian club BW Linz.

After the incident, he was rushed to the hospital, and the match against Hartberg was canceled.

Despite being a promising striker who had a hugely productive season in Austria’s top flight in 2016/17, Dwamena’s career was frequently hampered by his heart condition.


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