On Sunday, International Cameroonian star Patrick Ekeng was laid to rest in his home country.
Shortly after the pronouncement of his death on May 6, Dinamo Bucharest fans and players made a beautiful candle light and flower tribute to him at the stadium.
During his funeral, the club shared their intention of honoring the deceased star by giving the trophy, if they win, to his family in Cameroon. Sadly, Patrick Ekeng even in death could not share in that dream. Dinamo Bucharest lost the trophy to CFR Cluj.
Winning in the Romanian cup finals would not have brought him back but it would have been a significant consolation to the club and his family by extension.
Before the finals on Tuesday, Dinamo Bucharest fans dedicated the match to their fallen hero and midfielder. They made a gorgeous stadium wide tifo tribute in honor of Patrick Ekeng. It was quite emotional.
“The Cameroonian midfielder was given a hero’s send-off by the 50,000 or so fans inside the Arena Nationala, who unfurled an immense banner of their fallen comrade along with placards spelling out the words “Bon Voyage Patrick.”– ESPN
At the 14th minute of the match, the match was halted for a one minute silence in respect to late Patrick Ekeng. It was done so as he wore the number 14 for the club.
Dinamo Bucharest led with an encouraging 2-0 but that did not last for long. At a later tie of 2-2, CFR Cluj took home the trophy with a 5-4 win on penalties.
Nothing would bring back the young and promising African star but gestures like this shows that he will always be remembered and appreciated for his talent, skills and achievements in the world of soccer.
Patrick collapsed shortly after substituting Viitorul Constanta at the 62nd minute. 2 hours later he was pronounced dead. Reports also say that his death came 48 hours before another Cameroonian soccer star died in the same fashion.