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The 21 year-old striker from Delta state collapsed during a friendly match on Sunday afternoon

Nigerian player Henry Chinonso Ihelewere died on Sunday in Romania during a friendly match between his club CS Delta Tulcea and FC Balotesti.

Ihelewere, who hails from Nigeria’s Delta state, suffered a cardiac arrest just 15 minutes after coming on as a second half substitute.

Even though he was taken to hospital, he did not regain consciousness.

Ihelewere had been playing in Romania since 2007 when he joined Farul Constanta.

"What can I say? We're all shocked," Universitatea Cluj boss Cristian Dulca, who previously coached the Nigerian, was quoted as saying in the media. "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."