Top Gabonese player dies on the pitch

Top Gabonese player dies on the pitch

Gabon football has been plunged into mourning following the death of midfielder Herman Tsinga.

In a report sighted by on, Tsinga collapsed and died on the pitch during a match on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Tsinga, 24, was playing for Gabonese top-tier side Akanda against FC Missile when, in the 27th minute, he collapsed to the ground and lost consciousness.

Top Gabonese player dies on the pitch
Top Gabonese player dies on the pitch
Source: UGC

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Upon realizing the gravity of the situation, players surrounded the stricken Tsinga and frantically called for assistance, with some attempting to lift the player up and restart his breathing.

Medics then spent 20 minutes trying to revive the player, who suffered an apparent seizure and lay unconscious on the grass.

Attempts to resuscitate the player were unsuccessful. At the hospital, the doctors could not save him, as his heart stopped beating and his breath ceased.

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According to reports, he suffered a suspected heart attack and was pronounced dead in hospital two hours later.

The head of the local ambulance service in Libreville indicated that an autopsy would be carried out to determine the cause of the Omar Bongo University student’s death.

Meanwhile, the father of the player has been notified of his son's death and formalities are being made on how the body will be sent to his rural home for the funeral arrangements.

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