List of African footballers who have died from on-field Cardiac arrest.

Samuel Okwaraji , Marc-Vivien Foe, African Footballers who died on field


The sudden death of Ivory Coast midfielder Cheik Tiote on Monday 5 June, 2017, added to the number of high-profile African players who have collapsed and died while playing football, almost all of them suffering a form of cardiac arrest.

There has been no official confirmation of the cause of the former Newcastle United player's fatal collapse while training with his Beijing Enterprises club in China but the circumstances are similar to those in which many other players have died.

After the shocking news Tiote’s demise hit the African continent, Beta Tinz thought it wise to go down memory lane and track the list of high-profile African footballers who collapsed and died from cardiac arrest or under similar circumstances.

The first major casualty of a dramatic on-field death in Africa occurred in Nigeria in 1989, when Samuel Okwaraji collapsed while playing for Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier against Angola in Lagos. An autopsy showed the 25-year-old suffered congestive heart failure and had an enlarged heart and high blood pressure.
Samuel Okwaraji 
His death left the continent shocked but there was a much wider audience in France in 2003, when Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe fell in the centre circle 15 minutes from the end of Cameroon’s Confederations Cup semi-final with Colombia in Lyon.

Medics spent 45 minutes trying to restart Foe's heart before he was pronounced dead. His autopsy said the player suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a hereditary condition which increases the risk of collapse during exercise.

Other African internationals to die from heart attacks while playing were Amir Angwe, Endurance Idahor of Nigeria and Tunisian centre back Hedi Berkhissa, who collapsed during a friendly for his club Esperance against French side Lyon.

Zambia’s Chaswe Nsofwa died during a club match in Israel in 2007 while last year Cameroonian Patrick Ekeng collapsed and died playing for Dinamo Bucharest in Romania.

In April, former Gabon defender Moise Brou Apanga suffered heart attack training with his club FC 105 Libreville and died.

Inter’s medical team found out that Senegal’s Khalilou Fadiga had an irregular heartbeat after the club signed him and told the player to quit.

But Fadiga carried on playing after joining Bolton Wanderers in 2004 where he had a defibrillator fitted after a collapse in the warm-up before a game at Tottenham Hotspur.

The quick thinking of a doctor in the crowd at the London club's White Hart Lane stadium in 2012 saved the life of another Bolton player, Congolese-born Fabrice Muamba.

He fell to the ground just before halftime but survived despite his heart having stopped beating for 78 minutes.

List of players and name of country

– Samuel Okwaraji (Nigeria)
– Amir Angwe (Nigeria) 
– Hedi Berkhissa (Tunisia)
– John Ikoroma (Nigeria)
– Bobsam Elejiko (Nigeria)
– Endurance Idahor (Nigeria) 
– Chinonso Ihelwere Henry (Nigeria) 
– Victor Omogbehin (England)
– Marc-Viven Foe (Cameroon) 
– Mohammed Abdelwahab (Egypt) 
– Chaswe Nsofwa (Nigeria) 
– Guy Tchingoma (Gabon)
– Orobosan Adun (Nigeria) 
– Sekou Camara (Mali) 
– Shetemi Ayetigbo (Ireland) 
– David Oniya (Nigeria) 
– Kodjo Etonam Adjassou (Togo) 
– Bart Opoku (Ghana) 
– Benjamin Owusu (Ghana) 
РAlbert Eboss̩ (Cameroon)
– Mohamed Lemine M’Boye (Tanzania) 
– Ambrose Wleh (Liberia) 
– Patrick Ekeng (Cameroon) 
— Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast) 

May their souls Rest In Peace…..

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