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May 9, 2016

Cameroonian keeper dies aged 26 during warm-up

Cameroonian keeper dies aged 26 during warm-up

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 DjomnangJeanine 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.