Cameroonian Goalkeeper Dies Days After Compatriot Ekeng

Cameroon fan at African Cup of Nations
A Cameroon fan is seen before an African Cup of Nations match in Malabo, Cameroon, January 28, 2015. The country has experienced footballing tragedy in recent days after two players collapsed and died in separate incidents. Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

A female Cameroonian goalkeeper died after collapsing during a warm-up on Sunday, days after the on-field death of a Cameroonian international footballer in Romania.

Jeanine Christelle Djomnang, 26, collapsed before a match of her club Femina Stars Ebolowa in southern Cameroon and died on the way to hospital. The Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) said that it was awaiting the hospital to confirm the cause of Djomnang's death, but that initial reports suggested she suffered a heart attack.

Her passing was mourned on social media by Cameroon's African Women Footballer of the Year, Gaelle Enganamouit, who said: "It is with sadness that I learned of the death of my team-mate... May your soul rest in peace RIP."

The death of another Cameroonian footballer, Patrick Ekeng, was confirmed on Friday after the midfielder, 26, collapsed during a televised 3-3 draw between his team Dinamo Bucharest and Viitorul Constanta in Romania. Ekeng had only been on the pitch for seven minutes after coming on as a substitute.

He was mourned on social media by Stéphane Mbia, Cameroon's national captain—who also posted a message of support to Djomnang's family—as well as Premier League stars including Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

Another Cameroonian international, Marc-Vivien Foe, died in 2003 during an international match against Colombia played in France.

Djomnang's death brought to a close a tragic weekend in football in which Brazilian midfielder Bernardo Ribeiro, also 26, died after collapsing at the end of the first half of a friendly match in Rio de Janeiro. FECAFOOT has opened a book of condolence for Ekeng and Djomnang.

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