Chinonso Ihelwere Henry
A Nigerian footballer has collapsed and died during a second-division league game in Romania after doctors were unable to resuscitate him.
Bogdan Oprita, head of the local ambulance service, told national news agency Agerpres that FC Tulcea player Chinonso Ihelwere Henry collapsed during a game against FC Balotesti Sunday, reports FoxSports.
The game was played in the town of Baltoesti, north of Bucharest. Oprita said doctors were unable to save him after his heart stopped beating and he stopped breathing.
Oprita said an autopsy would be carried out to determine the cause of death.
The 21-year-old Henry had been playing for Tulcea since 2010. He arrived in Romania in 2007.
Commenting Universitatea Cluj boss Cristian Dulca, who previously coached the Nigerian, was quoted as saying: “What can I say? We’re all shocked. It’s a tragic day for Romanian football.
“I trained him for a year and a half and I can tell you he was a real example in training. He could’ve become a very good player.”
No further details were immediately available.