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female footballer dies during warm-up

A second Cameroonian footballer has died this weekend less than 48 hours after Patrick Ekeng’s tragic death.

Female goalkeeper Jeanine Christelle Djomnang, 26, passed away after collapsing during her warm-up before a Femina Stars Ebolowa match on Sunday.

The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) confirmed that she died after being rushed to a hospital in southern Cameroon.

Fecafoot say that initial reports suggest she died of a heart attack but they are now waiting for the formal medical report.

Djomnang reportedly complained of chest pains ahead of the Cameroon elite league match against MINPROFF Yaounde but she died on her way to hospital.

Cameroon’s African Women Footballer of the Year Gaell.

She said: “It’s with sadness that I have learnt of the death of my team-mate Djomnang Jeanine Christelle of Femina Stars Ebolowa, may her soul rest in peace.”

The news came after Ekeng passed away after collapsing while playing for Dinamo Bucharest.

Ekeng, 26, collapsed in the 70th minute of a Romanian league match just seven minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at Floreasca Emergency Hospital less than two hours later.

Monique Chantal, Ekeng’s elder sister, later told BBC Sport: “He told his best friend he was not able to play.

“He said he was very tired.”

A book of condolence has been opened for both Ekeng and Djomanang at the Fecafoot headquarters.

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