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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Zambia and Brighton midfielder Enock Mwepu forced to retire following discovery of hereditary heart condition

Brighton and Zambia national team midfielder Enock Mwepu will retire from playing after receiving news that a hereditary heart condition has made continuing his career impossible. The 24-year-old fell ill while on international duty with Zambia and returned to England where he underwent a series of tests that revealed his condition. Brighton released a statement to explain that previous tests and screening had not revealed the condition, which manifests itself later in life and is made worse by participation in sport. Mwepu would have been at a high risk of suffering a fatal cardiac event if he continued playing.

Mwepu put out a statement to say he would be retiring with sadness but also satisfaction that he was able to accomplish his dream of playing in the English Premier League. The former Red Bull Salzburg star, who joined Brighton for around £18 million in July 2021, announced his intention to remain in the game in “some capacity” despite the news. Brighton announced their intention to help Mwepu obtain all information about his condition and help him manage the condition.

Enock Mwepu statement on Twitter