The second part of the round of 16 in the ÖFB Cup hadn’t really started yet, when the shock followed: The game between BW Linz and Hartberg had to be interrupted after 23 minutes on Wednesday evening and then canceled. The Linz Raphael Dwamena, who plays with a defibrillator after heart problems at his own request, collapsed on the sidelines. After another quarter of an hour the demolition followed. Later the hospital gave the first slight all-clear that Dwamena had been stabilized, it was said, and that he was conscious. And approachable.
The 26-year-old Ghanaian, who came to Austria from the Red Bull Academy in his home country in 2014 and initially played for Liefering, should have moved to Brighton in the English Premier League in 2017 after stints at Austria Lustenau and FC Zurich.
Issues known since 2017
This did not happen because Dwamena failed the medical examinations. Heart problems were found which, according to the Zurich Schulthess Clinic, represented a deviation from the norm, but were “neither hazardous to health”, nor impaired “the performance of a top athlete”, as the FCZ stated at the time.
So in 2018 he finally moved on to Spanish first division club Levante, who loaned him to second division Zaragoza in 2019/20. But the heart problems remained, Dwamena missed a large part of the season, got a defibrillator in 2020 and moved to the Danish club Vejle. But after just five games he had to give again where. Finally, in February this year, his contract was terminated.
Raphael Dwamena has been under contract with BW Linz since the summer, but was unable to play due to a thrombosis until the end of September. Since the beginning of October he has played three league games (one goal), yesterday’s match was his fourth appearance for Blau-Weiß.
Ried surprises storm
The Styrian game against Ried ended without health problems, but with sporting problems for Sturm Graz: The Innviertler are in the quarter-finals after the 2-1 away win. Bajic (36th) and Meisl (52nd) took the lead, Jantscher could only shorten (69th).
Defending champion Salzburg progressed effortlessly, SKN St. Pölten were defeated 3-0 away. In the penalty shootout, the FAC had the upper hand against Kapfenberg after 120 goalless minutes with 4: 2.