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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007, 19:29 GMT 20:29 UK
Zambia's Nsofwa dies in Israel
The later Chaswe Nsofwa
Chaswe Nsofwa died shortly after collapsing during a training session
Zambia's Chaswe Nsofwa has died in an Israeli hospital minutes after collapsing during a training session.

The 27-year-old was training with his Israeli second division side Hapoel Beersheba when the tragedy struck.

Rescue workers tried to restart his heart for several minutes on the field before taking him to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.

Paramedic Carmel Cohen said that he rushed to the field when he received the emergency call.

"When we arrived we found the soccer player lying on the grass," he explained.

"We found his friends trying to help him.

"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.

Nsofwa was part of the Zambia squad at the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali and last year had helped the Chipolopolo win the Cosafa Cup, scoring one of the goals in the final 2-0 win over Angola.

On Tuesday Spain and Sevilla's Antonio Puerta died three days after collapsing during a league game.

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