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Dwamena must consider retiring from football over heart problems - CAF Medical Officer

Dr. Prince Pambo, a member of CAF’s Medical Committee, has urged Raphael Dwamena to consider stepping away from football due to his recurrent heart problems.

Dwamena must consider retiring from football over heart problems - CAF Medical Officer

According to him, despite the striker’s willingness to continue playing, a bold decision must be taken to bring his career to an end.

“I would hold talks with him and call a year or two off to investigate what the problem has been,” Dr. Pambo told Joy Sports.

“I would be tilted towards wanting to prepare him very well for a beautiful retirement from sports. When some of these things happen, a bold decision has to be taken and I would be keen to prepare him to have a clean and a very good exit point.”

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Dwamena, who plays for Austrian club BW Linz, recently suffered a setback when he collapsed during a cup game last Wednesday.

The 26-year-old is said to have been rushed to the hospital, leading to the match against Hartberg being called off.

A club statement, however, said the forward was in stable condition and was responding to treatment at a hospital.

The incident is the latest in a string of setbacks suffered by the promising striker, who enjoyed a hugely productive stint in the Austrian topflight in the 2016/17 season.

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In 2017, a move to Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion fell through when Dwamena failed a medical after a heart condition was detected.

He underwent surgery to correct the condition and returned to action in January 2020, albeit playing with a defibrillator.

In October last year, his heart condition recurred again, forcing him to spend several months on the sidelines.

Dwamena has since been playing with a defibrillator and only returned to play football again some four weeks ago.

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Meanwhile, Dr. Pambo believes the Ghanaian striker could still remain in football but not in a playing capacity.

“We can see how he can use the experience he has gathered from playing football to help the same industry – from a technical point or perhaps from an administrative point,” the physician added.

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