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FIFPro is deeply concerned about medical care for footballers in Gabon after a seventh professional player in 12 years died.

Hermann Tsinga collapsed while playing for FC Akanda last week; an ambulance crew only arrived after several minutes and there was no defibrillator to revive him or any respiratory assistance, according to reports.

The Gabon player union (ANFPG) has repeatedly asked the league to introduce among other things mandatory medical checks for players, and ensure a doctor and defibrillators are at all matches.

But those demands - made as recently as the start of the current season - have not been met, Remy Ebanega, chairman of the union said.

“A life is priceless - it must be a priority to protect it,” Ebanega said. “The death of Hermann Tsinga could surely have been avoided if our warnings were taken into consideration.

“His death is a confirmation that the health and safety of players are not a priority for the clubs, the league and other actors in our nation’s football.”

FIFPro will contact the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to make it clear that Gabon is not complying with FIFA instructions about player health.

“We are anxious to hear what CAF’s medical committee has to say about the situation in Gabon,” Stéphane Burchkalter, Secretary General of FIFPro Africa, said.

“All stakeholders in African football have to insist that Gabonese football authorities introduce and uphold proper medical regulations that really protect the players’ health and their working conditions.”

Footballers in Gabon have some of the worst medical care in world football: FIFPro’s 2016 Global Employment Report found 66 percent of players in Gabon were unsatisfied with their medical support.