Enock Mwepu- Brighton midfielder forced to retire due to heart condition
Zambian International Enock Mwepu has been forced to cut his playing career short due to the diagnosis of a hereditary heart condition, as revealed by Brighton and Hove Albion this morning.
In a club statement released earlier today, Brighton stated that ‘Enock Mwepu has been forced to end his playing career following the diagnosis of a hereditary heart condition.
The condition, which can worsen over time, would put Enock at an extremely high risk of suffering a potentially fatal cardiac event, if he were to continue playing competitive football.’
Speaking on the diagnosis, club chairman Tony Bloom stated that “We are all absolutely devastated for Enock. He and his family have had a traumatic few weeks and 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.”
The 24- year- old had fallen ill whilst on international duty with Zambia, forcing him to return to Brighton to undergo cardiac tests following a period in hospital in Mali.
Mwepu made 24 appearances for Brighton in a one-year stint on the south coast, scoring 2 goals in the process. The 24-year-old featured six times for Brighton in the current Premier League campaign, with his last game being Brighton’s 5-2 victory over Leicester City in September