Patrick Ekeng was an international Cameroonian football player who slumped during a march in Romania on the May 6, 2016.
The defensive midfielder is suspected to have died of a heart attack at the age of 26. He was laid to rest on Sunday.
Patrick Ekeng professionally started his football career at the age of 16 in his home country before making it to the big clubs. He represented his nation, Cameroon at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Patrick was playing for Dinamo Bucharest in a league match when he collapsed.
At this funeral Cameroonian soccer personalities past and present were in attendance to show their solidarity and support for his family. The president was also there present ably represented by the minister of sports, Bidoung Kpwatt. Dignitaries honored the occasion.
Report says that the club intends to honor the deceased player by sending the trophy to his family if they win in the league.
Patrick’s death has raised a lot of concerns about the available healthcare and medical aid at stadiums during matches. It is reported that the ambulance that conveyed the star to the hospital had no defibrillator. The device might have helped since it was a suspected cardiac condition.
“At professional football matches, there should be an automatic external defibrillator (AED) on the sidelines and staff adequately trained to use it”–Dvorak
Patrick’s death is almost a repeat of another Cameroonian international star in 2003. Marc-Vivien Foe died in Lyon, France during an international match. The death of the 28-year old midfielder, prompted FIFA to prioritize the quality of health facilities during international matches.
In the same way, Patrick’s agent, Hasan Anil Eken, is pushing for a law that will see to the establishment of small hospitals in stadiums. The Romanian ambulance has been greatly criticized by many. Eken has described the circumstance surrounding the death of the African soccer star as unprofessional and unacceptable.
“There were unacceptable mistakes caused to lose his life, with wrong doctor intervention and a lack of medical equipment like defibrillator”
It is sad to know that earlier in the month, 2 other soccer stars have lost their lives over cardiac problems. They are Bernardo Ribeiro from Brazil and another Cameroonian, Jeanine Christelle.