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Player Raphael Dwamena’s Tragic Death at 28 Shocks Fans


Former Black Stars striker Raphael Dwamena’s death has sent shockwaves across the football world as he died during a league match on November 11, 2023.

The striker of Egnatia, the best scorer in the Superior of Albania, suffered a heart attack during the match Egnatia – Partizani.

Dwamena collapsed on the field unconscious in the 24th minute. The player was sent to the Kavaja hospital, but after another heart attack, he lost his life.

Raphael was very close to a move to the Premier League in 2017 when doctors discovered his heart problem.

Player Raphael Dwamena's Death at 28 Shocks Fans

Even according to sports journalists, doctors in Albania had told him not to play football anymore as he was taking too much risk.

Sports journalist Jetmir Halilaj said that Dwamena had a defibrillator, but had recently removed it. According to him, when Dwamena discussed his health, he said “my life is in the hands of God”.

Raphael Dwamena was born on September 12, 1995, in Nkawkaw, Ghana. He was a professional footballer who played as a striker for the Albanian club Egnatia Rrogozhinë.

He played and trained with the Red Bull Ghana developmental program. Dwamena helped the RB Ghana U17 team to a silver medal performance at the International Tournament in Croix, France, in 2013.

Dwamena also was named the tournament’s Best Player. Before returning to Ghana, he and his teammate, David Atanga, traveled to Austria for a one-week trial with FC Red Bull Salzburg.

Dwamena joined the Salzburg youth team in January 2014 and made an impact on the U18 squad. In one tournament in June, Dwamena racked up seven goals in four games. Although Salzburg finished in third, he won the Golden Shoe.

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What’s Raphael Dwamena’s Death Cause at 28?

Ex-Ghana star Raphael Dwamena’s death cause is related to a heart attack. Dwamena had a history of heart issues, having been diagnosed with a heart condition in 2017.

In July 2014, Dwamena was promoted to FC Liefering, the Salzburg farm team playing in the Austrian Football First League.

The player made his professional debut on July 18, where in the 82nd minute of a 3–0 win over Hartberg, he was substituted in for Nikola Dovedan.

Player Raphael Dwamena's Death at 28 Shocks Fans

Dwamena was one of six Liefering players making their professional debuts that day. Raphael played in one more game that season.

During the 2015–2016 season, he made his first start for Liefering on August 21, against Wiener Neustadt.

The player played the 90 minutes in place of Smail Prevljak. On September 18, in his fifth straight start, he scored his first professional goal.

Dwamena scored in a 4–1 win over Austria Klagenfurt. He enjoyed a successful half-season with Austria Lustenau, before his transfer to FC Zürich.

On January 27, 2017, Raphael completed a transfer to FC Zürich. He made an immediate impact at his new club, helping Zürich to win the 2016–17 Swiss Challenge League and earn promotion to the Swiss Super League.

On August 7, 2018, he signed a four-year contract with La Liga side Levante UD. The following July 16, Dwamena was loaned out to Segunda División club Real Zaragoza for one year.

On August 20, 2020, he moved to Vejle Boldklub in the Danish Superliga. On June 25, 2021, Raphael returned to Austria and signed a two-year contract with Blau-Weiß Linz.

On October 28, 2021, he collapsed during an Austrian Cup game against TSV Hartberg as the game was abandoned. Raphael recovered in the hospital but has not played since then.

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