The 21-year-old striker suddenly collapsed with no one around him after 15 minutes of the game involving division two teams Delta and FC Balote?ti. Medics battled for an hour trying to resuscitate the player, he never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“What can I say? We’re all shocked,” Universitatea Cluj boss Cristian Dulca, who previously coached the player, was quoted as saying. “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.”
Ihelewere had been playing in Romania since 2007, when he was transferred to FC Farul. He was part of a group of Nigerian players brought to play in Romania’s second division. Abdul Razak Mansur is the other Nigerian player at the club.
Just few months back, Fabrice Muamba a midfielder for Bolton Wanderers in UK collapsed on the football pitch in a match against Tottenham. Muamba stopped breathing and many thought he death his heart ‘re-started’ again after 78 minutes at the London Chest Hospital.