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Zambian soccer player collapses, dies during practice session

Zambian soccer player collapses, dies during practice session

A Zambian soccer player collapsed during a practice session Wednesday in the Israeli city of Beersheba and died minutes later in a hospital, the Israeli rescue service said.
Media reports identified the player as Chaswe Nsofwa, a striker playing as a foreign professional for the local Hapoel Beersheba soccer club, which plays in Israel's second league.
Israel TV reported that the Nsofwa, 27, collapsed during a practice game in the desert city. Rescue workers tried to restart his heart for several minutes on the field before taking him to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.
Paramedic Carmel Cohen told The Associated Press that he rushed to the field when he received the emergency call.
"When we arrived we found the soccer player lying on the grass. We found his friends trying to help him," he said. "We gave him first aid, electric shocks and an external pacemaker, but despite all our efforts, he was declared dead at the hospital."
It was not known what caused the player's collapse. Israel TV reported that he recently passed a physical exam.
On Tuesday, Antonio Puerta, a midfielder for the Spanish team Sevilla, died three days after collapsing during a league game.