DOHA, Qatar — Christian Benitez, an Ecuador striker who scored the most goals in the Mexican league last season, died a day after playing his first game for his new Qatari club.
Qatari club El Jaish provided no details about the 27-year-old Benitez’s death on Monday, but said the player didn’t complain about his health Sunday. The team is awaiting a medical report.
Benitez moved from Mexican club America to El Jaish, which said he passed a medical checkup on July 4 and came on Sunday in the final 10 minutes as a substitute.
“The club would like to offer its sincere condolences to the family of the player,” the club said in a statement. “His sudden departure is a big shock for each member of the technical and administrative staff. He was a player that over the short period he was here was regarded for his high moral character.”
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