5 Best African Soccer Players Who Succumbed To Cardiac Arrest
Cheick Tioté was an Ivorian professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He was born on 21 June 1986 in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast. Tioté began his career at Anderlecht in Belgium but moved to England to join Newcastle United in 2010. During his time at Newcastle, Tioté became an important player for the club, making over 150 appearances for the team. He was known for his tough tackling, and his ability to read the game.
He also scored a memorable goal against Arsenal in February 2011. Tioté tragically passed away on 5 June 2017, at the age of 30, after collapsing during a training session. He will be remembered fondly by fans of Newcastle United, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of the fans.
Patrick Ekeng was a Cameroonian professional soccer player who played for clubs in Romania, France, and Spain. He tragically died in 2016 due to a cardiac arrest at the age of 26 while playing for Dinamo Bucharest in Romania. His death was attributed to a heart defect that had gone undetected.
Marc–Vivien Foé was a professional French–Cameroonian soccer player who played for clubs in France, England and his native Cameroon. He died in 2003 after collapsing during a FIFA Confederations Cup semi–final match between Cameroon and Colombia. He was 28 years old and an autopsy revealed that he had suffered from an enlarged heart.
Chaswe Nsofwa was a Zambian professional soccer player who played for clubs in Zambia, South Africa, and the United States. He died in 2004 at the age of 30 after suffering a cardiac arrest during practice with his team in South Africa.
Kizito Musambani was a Ugandan professional soccer player who played for clubs in Uganda, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. He died in 2018 at the age of 36 after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch during a club match in Qatar.
Chinedu Ogbuke was a Nigerian professional soccer player who played for clubs in Nigeria and South Africa. He died in 2010 at the age of 29 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match in South Africa.