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24-Year-Old Brighton Midfielder, Enock Mwepu Forced Into Early Retirement

Enock Mwepu, Brighton midfielder has been forced into early retirement due to a hereditary heart condition. The premier league club confirmed this on Monday morning.

The 24-year-old player who just joined Brighton from Red Bull Salzburg on a four-year deal for a fee reported to be £18m in July 2021, still had a bright career ahead of him having scored three goals in 27 appearances for the club and last played in the 5-2 win over Leicester City in September.

According to the reports, Mwepu fell ill while on a flight to join his Zambia teammates during the international break last month.

 

 

He was unable to train after arriving in West Africa last month and spent four days in hospital.

Mwepu had tests on his return to England and Brighton said the results meant the “only option” was for him to retire.

In an official statement released by Brighton, the club said; “These tests have concluded that his illness is due to a hereditary cardiac condition, which manifests later in life and was not previously evident on regular cardiac screening.”

“Sadly, this can be exacerbated by playing sport so Enock has been advised that the only option, for the sake of his own safety, is for him to stop playing football.”

In response to all of this, the young player expressed disappointment, saying that he was retiring with “sadness”, adding he had lived his dream by reaching the Premier League but that “some dreams come to an end”.

“This is, however, not the end of my involvement in football, I plan to stay involved in some capacity,” he said in a statement on Twitter.  

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