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Raphael Dwamena dies after falling on the pitch in Albania

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"The Partizani Club, President Demi, and the entire red family express their sincerest condolences to the family and the Egnatia Club for the death of striker Raphael Dwamena," said Partizani. We share your anguish at this awful time for Albanian football." The striker had a history of cardiac problems, having been diagnosed with one in 2017. Despite wearing an implanted cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), Dwamena encountered difficulties, falling many times during games. His suffering resulted in his dismissal from Austrian team Blau-Weiss Linz in 2021 after falling during a cup play.

Raphael Dwamena, a former Black Stars striker, died on Saturday at the age of 28 after suffering a heart attack during a league match in Albania.

The event occurred in the 23rd minute of KF Egnatia’s game versus Partizani, and efforts to resuscitate him were ineffective. He passed away on the way to the hospital.

Dwamena’s unexpected death has shocked the football world, particularly in his home country of Ghana.

“The Partizani Club, President Demi, and the entire red family express their sincerest condolences to the family and the Egnatia Club for the death of striker Raphael Dwamena,” said Partizani. We share your anguish at this awful time for Albanian football.”

The striker had a history of cardiac problems, having been diagnosed with one in 2017. Despite wearing an implanted cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), Dwamena encountered difficulties, falling many times during games.

His suffering resulted in his dismissal from Austrian team Blau-Weiss Linz in 2021 after falling during a cup play.

Dwamena’s career in football featured a significant period with FC Zürich when he made an early impression by scoring 12 goals in 18 appearances, assisting the team in achieving promotion to the Swiss Super League.

A prospective move to Premier League team Brighton & Hove Albion in 2017 fell through owing to a failed test due to his cardiac ailment. He later signed with La Liga club Levante UD in 2018.

Despite suggestions for urgent withdrawal and retirement from football in 2019 following further investigations of his cardiac condition, Dwamena persisted, having an ICD implanted in January 2020. He began his club career with Liefering and then went on to play for Vejle BK and Levante.

Dwamena made his international debut in 2017 against Ethiopia in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, scoring a brace. In nine appearances for the national team, he scored two goals.

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Ghana coach Otto Addo: We will not relax against CAR in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers

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They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros. Despite the remarkable win over Mali's favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus. "One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. "For everyone who thinks it'll be easy, we hope it is, but it's a very difficult game," Addo told reporters on Sunday. "We can't relax now," said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach. The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

Otto Addo, Black Stars coach, has advised his players to be focused and not take their next encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) lightly.

Ghana will face CAR on Monday, June 10, at the Baba Yara Stadium in the fourth of four matchdays in the 2026 World Cup qualification.

The Black Stars came into this game off a 2-1 victory against Mali in Bamako, raising their total to six points in three games.

They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros.

Despite the remarkable win over Mali’s favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus.

“One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. “For everyone who thinks it’ll be easy, we hope it is, but it’s a very difficult game,” Addo told reporters on Sunday.

“We can’t relax now,” said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.

The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

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2026 WCQ: Otto Addo expects a tight game against CAR

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"This is going to be really difficult. "For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don't believe it will happen," remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach. "They're performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They're quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali," he continued. The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

Ghana coach Otto Addo expects a tough encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars will meet CAR in the fourth round of matches on Monday at Baba Yara Stadium, with kickoff at 19:00 GMT.

Reflecting on their recent comeback win over Mali in Bamako during the third round, Addo emphasised the importance of the forthcoming encounter against CAR.

“This is going to be really difficult. “For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don’t believe it will happen,” remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

“They’re performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They’re quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali,” he continued.

The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

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Mohammed Kudus: Qualifying for the 2026 World Cup is the ultimate objective

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Ghana striker Mohammed Kudus has stated that the Black Stars are aiming to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

The squad recently returned to form, defeating Mali 2-1 in Bamako on their third matchday, due to second-half goals from Ernest Nuamah and Jordan Ayew.

With this victory, Ghana is presently third in Group I with six points.

Ahead of their matchday four against the Central African Republic on Monday at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kudus, who plays for West Ham United, emphasised that the Black Stars’ primary goal is to qualify for the coveted event in 2026.

“The belief has always existed; that we all want to go to the World Cup. “That is our ultimate goal, regardless of how we achieve it,” Kudus told the press on Sunday.

“Our coach has his strategies, but sometimes the game gets tougher. “We just have to do our best and get the results,” he said.

Kudus is likely to play an important part for Ghana when they face the Central African Republic in this critical qualifier.

The highly anticipated encounter is due to begin at 19:00 GMT.

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