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Enock Mwepu: Heart condition forces Zambian star to early retirement

Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Enock Mwepu at the age of 24, is sadly retiring after being diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition.

The Zambian fell ill while on a flight to link up with his team-mates in the international break September and returned to Brighton to undergo further cardiac tests.

A statement from Brighton on Monday morning revealed that Mwepu would have an extremely high risk of suffering a cardiac arrest should he continue playing competitive football.

Club chairman Tony Bloom said, “We are all absolutely devastated for Enock. He and his family have had a traumatic few weeks.

“While we are just thankful he has come through that period, he has seen such a promising career cut short at such a young age.

“As a club we will give him all the love, help and support we possibly can to make a full recovery, and then as he decides on the next steps in his life.”

Head coach Roberto De Zerbi added, “I am so sorry for Enock. Before I arrived I looked at all the squad, and he was a player I was so excited and looking forward to working with.

“We will do everything we can to help him.”

Head of Medicine and Performance, Adam Brett also spoke on the situation.

“It is a terrible blow for Enock, but he has to put his health and his family first and this is the right choice, however difficult it is to quit the game he loves.”

Enock Mwepu joined Brighton and Hove Albion after spending four seasons with Red Bull Salzburg.



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