Shock as 23-year-old footballer Mariano Ondo dies during training

Shock as 23-year-old footballer Mariano Ondo dies during training

Shock as 23-year-old footballer Mariano Ondo dies during training Credit: Twitter @RapidodeBouzas

Mariano Ondo, a 23-year-old footballer who plays for Rapido de Bouzas, a team that plays in the RFEF Third Division, died following a training session on Wednesday, September 14.

Guinean footballer Mariano Ondo died after he had fainted due to feeling unwell at the end of a training session in Banapa (Equatorial Guinea).

The team shared the news on Twitter stating:

“Mariano Ondo Monsuy, a player for Rapido De Bouzas, Cano Sport and one of the captains of the Federation of Equatorial Guinea, died at midday.”

“The player trained this morning at the Banapa training grounds, where he fainted. He was later transferred to a hospital where he died.”

The player was reportedly rushed to Bata Hospital, but the health authorities could do nothing to save his life.

“The news has come as a real shock to the Rapidista family and especially to the coaching staff, his teammates and the president, who has been very upset by what has happened and has already announced that on Saturday against Somozas, a minute’s silence will be observed for the loss of Mariano Ondo. May he rest in peace”, read a statement released by Rápido de Bouzas.

The news follows reports that Djouby Laura, a 20-year-old footballer who played for USC Roura, died of a cardiac arrest he suffered during the club’s training session late on Thursday, August 11. 

The striker was taking part in a training session at the Cimonard Urbain stadium when he went into cardiac arrest.

Prior to that, Fabricio Navarro, a young footballer from Argentinian club Atlético Tucumán, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, June 15.

On December 22, Oman international Mukhaled Al-Raqadi died aged 29 after he collapsed during the warm-up before his side’s Omantel League game following a heart attack.

Marin Cacic collapsed during a training session and was rushed to hospital where he was placed into a coma before he later died aged 23 after suffering a heart attack.

On Monday, January 3, 25-year-old Marcos Menaldo died after collapsing at the end of a training session for his club, Deportivo Marquense of Guatemala.

Another professional football player from Oman, Munther Al-Harassi, 30, who played for Al Rustaq FC, died following a heart attack in training on Saturday, January 22.

On February 2, 21-year-old Greek footballer Alexandros Lampis suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed 5 minutes into the game as his side Ilioupoli faced off against A.E. Ermoinida in the Gamma Ethniki league.

On Sunday, March 20, 22-year-old Michel Almanza collapsed on the pitch after he suffered a heart attack in the middle of the game between the club Decano Carolino and Jamaica in Maldonado, Uruguay.

Promising young footballer Debojyoti Ghosh died of a heart attack during a game on Saturday, March 19.

25-year-old Ghosh, who was seen as a promising central midfielder, was playing a tournament match between Nababdwip Sevak Samity and Krishnanagar Central at Dhubulia Belpukur Ground in West Bengal, India when he collapsed unconscious on the pitch after the ball struck his chest towards the end of the game.

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    • Winston H.

      15 September 2022 • 20:21

      Thank you, very good article. This is unprecedented, only after the clot-shot was introduced did this death wave begin in athletes.

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