Patrick Claude Ekeng Ekeng (26 March 1990 â€“ 6 May 2016) was a Cameroonian professional footballer who played as adefensive midfielder. He had two international caps for his countryâ€™s national team, whom he represented at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
After starting at Canon YaoundÃ© and spending time on the fringes of Franceâ€™s Le Mans, he had brief spells in Switzerland, Spain and Romania, where he died after collapsing in a match for Dinamo BucureÈ™ti.
Above is TheÂ Picture Of The Late footballer Patrick Ekeng his wife and daughter
Born in YaoundÃ©, Ekeng joined Canon YaoundÃ©â€™s youth setup in 2006, aged 16, and made his senior debuts with the clubâ€™s main squad in 2008. On 4 July 2009 he signed a three-year deal with Le Mans FC,Â and was initially assigned to the reserve squad inCFA.
Ekeng played his first match as a professional on 20 August 2010, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0â€“2 home loss against LB ChÃ¢teauroux 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.Â 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,Â 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 CÃ³rdoba CF.Â He made his La Liga debut on 30 August, replacing Aritz LÃ³pez Garai in the 74th minute of a 1â€“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a 1â€“1 away draw againstGetafe CF.Â On 31 August of the following year, after suffering relegation in last place, he rescinded his contract.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 Romaniaâ€™s FC Dinamo BucureÈ™ti on 11 January 2016.Â Ekeng played 12 official games for the CÃ¢inii roÈ™ii, scoring his only goal on 20 April in the second leg of the semi-finals of the seasonâ€™s Cupa RomÃ¢niei, equalising in a 2â€“2 draw away to Eternal derby rivals FC Steaua BucureÈ™ti; Dinamo advanced to the final on away goals.
Ekeng appeared with Cameroon under-20 in the 2009 African Youth Championship, as his side finished second after losing toGhana by 2â€“0. He also played in that yearâ€™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 1â€“1 friendly draw against DR Congo in his hometownâ€™s Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo.Â Two days later, he was included in Volker Finkeâ€™s 23-men list for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations,Â but took no part in the Indomitable Lionsâ€˜ group stage elimination.
On 6 May 2016, Ekeng came on as a second-half substitute in a televised match against Viitorul ConstanÈ›a. Seven minutes after his entrance, with his team leading 3â€“2, he collapsed. He was transported and resuscitated at the hospital, and within two hours the medical staff confirmed that he had died; he was 26 years old.
According to Romanian broadcaster Digi Sport, there was no specialist equipment in the ambulance that transported Ekeng to the hospital