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Gabon international collapses and dies in match

LIBREVILLE, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Gabon international Guy Tchingoma collapsed and died on the field during a premier division match in Libreville on Saturday, the Gabonews agency reported.

Midfielder Tchingoma, 21, collapsed after contact with an opposing player late in the match between his club FC105 Libreville and US Mbiliandzami at the Mondedang de Sibang stadium in the capital.

The news agency reported there were no medical attendants on hand at the game.

Tchingoma was taken to hospital in a team bus but pronounced dead on arrival. No cause of death was given.

The midfielder was born in Pointe Noire in neighbouring Congo but given Gabonese nationality allowing him to make his debut in an African Nations Cup qualifier against Ivory Coast in Libreville last September.

FC105 Libreville are to play Ghana champions Hearts of Oak this weekend in the first leg of their African Champions League first round tie.

Over the last two decades, there have been many reported deaths of African players collapsing while playing soccer.

High profile causalities have included Samuel Okwaraji of Nigeria, Marc-Vivien Foe of Cameroon and the Egypt international Mohamed Abdelwahab, who collapsed and died in 2006 from suspected cardiac failure just months after helping his country win the African Nations Cup.