Women Footballer dies during warm up match


YAOUNDI:  The goalkeeper of a Cameroonian women’s team has died after collapsing before a first division game, less than 48 hours after the death of Patrick Ekeng, the country’s football federation announced on Monday.

Jeanine Christelle Djomnang, 26, fell ill during the warm-up prior to a Femina Stars Ebolowa match on Sunday, with the cause of her death still unknown as the federation awaits a medical report.

Her death follows that of Cameroon international Ekeng, who collapsed while playing a first division match on Friday with his Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest.

The 26-year-old fell to the ground without any contact with another player in the 70th minute of the game against Viitorul, just seven minutes after coming on as a substitute.

He was rushed to hospital but doctors were unable to resuscitate him.

The deaths of Djomnang and Ekeng have plunged Cameroon football back into mourning, 13 years after Marc-Vivien Foe passed away at the age of 28 after collapsing during the 2003 Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon. –APP

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