Guinea international Camara forced to quit football due to heart condition
Guinea international and former Derby County forward Abdoul ‘Razza’ Camara has been forced to quit football due to a heart condition.
The 28-year-old has sustained a severe knee injury last December that cut his 2017-18 campaign with French side EA Guingamp short, but was expected to return to action this month.
However, two weeks ago the French side revealed in a statement that Camara would no longer play for the team due to medical reasons.
And the Guinean has said in an interview that has been advised to stop playing football with immediate effect due to a “potentially fatal” heart condition.
“I cannot go on because I’m at risk of cardiac arrest or dying on the pitch like a lot of other players,” Camara told Footmercato.
“We have to move on, even if it’s hard to accept. I’ve been waiting for the news for three weeks. I tried to stay strong just in case.
“Since I was 13, my life is football. I had struggled to come back after my cruciate ligament injury. And there, you are told that you will never wear a football shirt again.
“We can say that it is an evil for a good. But I have not yet digested this. You can not digest that fast. I need time.
“Yes, it’s not like an injury where you can fight back. With this I can not do anything. Everything falls apart at that moment.
“The club helps me in many ways. They are there for me. The president [Bertand Desplat] is really there to support me. He is close to me. If I need him or the club, I know they will be there,” he added.
Camara has started his career at Stade Rennais in 2009, before moving to FC Sochaux in 2011, with the French side sending him out on loan at PAOK and RCD Mallorca.
In 2014, he moved to SCO Angers on a free transfer and two years later, he earned a move to Championship side Derby County, before joining EA Guingamp in July 2017 for free.
On the international level, Camara has represented Guinea 16 times, making his debut for them at the 2012 AFCON, scoring twice in three games in the group-stages.
He also represented them at the 2015 AFCON, leading them to the quarter-finals, where they lost to Ghana 3-0.
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