Football: Cameroon's Ekeng, 26, dies during Romanian league game

Dinamo Bucharest's Patrick Ekeng is transported to an ambulance after collapsing at a play-off match against Viitorul Constanta in Bucharest, on May 6, 2016.
Dinamo Bucharest's Patrick Ekeng is transported to an ambulance after collapsing at a play-off match against Viitorul Constanta in Bucharest, on May 6, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

BUCHAREST (AFP) - Cameroonian international Patrick Ekeng has died after collapsing on the pitch during a match with his Romanian club Dinamo Bucharest, the club confirmed on Friday.

The 26-year-old defensive midfielder fell to the ground without any contact with another player just seven minutes after coming on as a substitute during the league game against Viitorul Constanta.

Ekeng, who joined the Romanian club in January, was rushed to hospital where staff were unable to resuscitate him.

Fans of the Bucharest club gathered outside the hospital late into the night to express their grief at the player's death.