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African footballer dies on pitch

Gabonese football is mourning the death of Akanda FC player Herman Tsinga who died after collapsing during a top-flight match on Saturday.

The 30-year-old forward collapsed before the half-hour mark during their clash against Missile FC after a fairly innocuous challenge.

But from the amateur video footage that has since surfaced on social media, players close to the player reacted frantically for assistance from the medical staff.

While the cause of death has yet to be officially disclosed, medics spent 20 minutes trying to revive the player, who reportedly suffered a seizure before losing consciousness on the pitch.

Attempts to resuscitate the player were unsuccessful and was pronounced dead in hospital two hours later – where the doctors confirmed with The Union that they could not save him.

According to the local newspaper, neither of the two ambulances at the scene had the defibrillator or oxygen mask necessary “to save the life of the player” – which marked the seventh death in 12 years within Gabonese football.

The match was part of the second round of the Championnat National D1, which was able to resume in last month after an eight-month hiatus before a Gabon Oil Company agreed to sponsor the competition.

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