Saturday, May 7, 2016

All there is to know about Patrick Ekeng, Late Cameroonian footballer

Patrick Claude Ekeng Ekeng (26 March 1990 – 6 May 2016) was a Cameroonian professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He had two international caps for his country's national team, whom he represented at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
After starting at Canon Yaoundé and spending time on the fringes of France's Le Mans, he had brief spells in Switzerland, Spain and Romania, where he died aged 26 after collapsing in a match for Dinamo București.

Born in Yaoundé, Ekeng joined Canon Yaoundé's youth setup in 2006, aged 16, and made his senior debuts with the club's main squad in 2008. On 4 July 2009 he signed a three-year deal with Le Mans FC,[1] and was initially assigned to the reserve squad in CFA.
Ekeng played his first match as a professional on 20 August 2010, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0–2 home loss against LB Châteauroux for the Ligue 2 championship. He continued to appear regularly with the B-side, however.
On 14 January 2011 Ekeng joined Championnat National side Rodez AF on loan until June. He featured regularly as his side was eventually relegated.
Ekeng returned to Le Mans in June, and appeared regularly for the side in the following two campaigns, the second finishing in relegation. He left the club on 8 July 2013, and signed a two-year deal with FC Lausanne-Sport in the same day.
On 14 July 2014, Ekeng signed a two-year deal with newly promoted side Córdoba CF. He made his La Liga debut on 30 August, replacing Aritz López Garai in the 74th minute of a 1–1 home draw against Celta de Vigo.
Ekeng scored his first goal in the main category of Spanish football on 3 October, netting the first of a 1–1 away draw against Getafe CF. On 31 August of the following year, after suffering relegation in last place, he rescinded his contract
He again moved to another country, signing for Romania's FC Dinamo București on 11 January 2016. Ekeng played 12 official games for the Câinii roșii, scoring his only goal on 20 April in the second leg of the semi-finals of the season's Cupa României, equalising in a 2–2 draw away to Eternal derby rivals FC Steaua București; Dinamo advanced to the final on away goals.

International career

Ekeng appeared with Cameroon under-20 in the 2009 African Youth Championship, as his side finished second after losing to Ghana by 2–0. He also played in that year's FIFA U-20 World Cup, as Les Lions failed to qualify from the group stage.
On 7 January 2015 Ekeng made his full squad debut, coming on as a 57th-minute substitute for Franck Kom in a 1–1 friendly draw against DR Congo in his hometown's Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo. Two days later, he was included in Volker Finke's 23-men list for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations,but took no part in the Indomitable Lions' group stage elimination.


On 6 May 2016, Ekeng came on as a second-half substitute in a televised match against Viitorul Constanța. After 70 minutes, with his team leading 3–2, he collapsed. He was transported and resuscitated at the hospital, and within two hours the medical staff confirmed he died at the age of 26.
According to Romanian broadcaster Digi Sport, there was no resuscitation kit/equipment in the ambulance that transported Ekeng to the hospital, one minute away, but instead cardiac massage was performed.

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