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Brighton midfielder Enock Mwepu forced to retire at 24 due to heart condition

Date: October 10th 2022

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Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Enock Mwepu has been forced to end his football career at the age of just 24 due to a hereditary heart condition.

Mwepu has been diagnosed with a condition that could worsen over time and put him at risk of suffering a potentially fatal cardiac event were he to continue playing.

He was taken ill while on a flight to join up with the Zambia national team during the recent international break, and spent a period in hospital in Mali under observation before returning to Brighton.

After spells with Austrian clubs FC Liefering and Red Bull Salzburg, Mwepu joined Brighton in July 2021 and played 27 times for the club, scoring three goals including strikes against Liverpool at Anfield and Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

In an emotional statement on Twitter, Mwepu wrote: "A boy from a small Zambian township called Chambishi has some news to share.

 
 
Mwepu has been forced to retire from football at just 24
Mwepu has been forced to retire from football at just 24 (Image:Getty Images)

"He stood strong to follow his dream of playing football at the highest level, and by the grace of God he lived his dream by reaching the Premier League.

"Some dreams however come to an end, so it is with sadness that I announce the need to hang up my boots because of the medical advice I have received. This is however not the end of my involvement with football, I plan to stay involved in some capacity.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that supported me in my football journey, including my wife and family, my agent 12MAN, the Zambian FA, all my previous clubs, teammates and coaches, and specially everyone at Brighton and Hove Albion."

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/breaking-brightons-enock-mwepu-forced-28196618



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