South Yorkshire basketball player collapses and dies aged 28

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Tributes have flooded in for a young South Yorkshire basketball ace who collapsed and died during a training session.

Danum Eagles star Nana Jumah, aged 28. slumped to the floor in front of team-mates who rushed to his aid just a few moments into a warm-up at the club’s training base in Doncaster.

The National League Division Four club have cancelled today’s game against Shropshire as a mark of respect as players and officials come to terms with the tragic death.

Coach Bob Martin said: “We will never forget him. He was a great guy, a big guy but a gentle giant with a smile a mile wide. The whole club is in shock at the moment.”

Nana and his team-mates were riding high after four had just started training on Tuesday night when the tragedy unfolded.

Mr Martin added: “We were just doing a basic warm-up and he went down and never got back up.

“All the players and the paramedics did everything they could.

“They worked on him for 25 minutes but they couldn’t get him back.”

Nana, a 6ft 7in forward, had just moved into a new apartment in Doncaster with his girlfriend.

Fellow player James Brough, 29, said: “I have known him since he was 16. He was a brilliant, friendly guy and always ready to help anyone.

“He had fainted before during training sessions and we think he may have had a heart condition or blood pressure problems but he never really talked about it.”