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Brighton Midfielder Mwepu Retires At 24 With Heart Condition.

Brighton and Zambia International midfielder Enock Mwepu has been forced to retire from football at the age of 24 due to a hereditary heart condition.

This was announced by the club on Monday stating that it will be an “extremely high risk of suffering a potentially fatal cardiac event” If he continued playing.

The BBC reported that Mwepu had recently fallen ill on the trip with the Zambia National team to Mali – where he was unable to train after arriving in West Africa last month and spent four days in the hospital.

On his return to England, the 24 -year- old was diagnosed and Brighton said the result meant the “only option is for him to retire”.

” 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”,  Brighton said in a statement.

Mwepu said he was retiring with “sadness”, adding he had lived his dream of 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 his Twitter page.

The versatile midfielder joined Brighton from Red Bull Salzburg on a four-year deal worth £18M in July 2021.

He has scored three goals in 27 appearances for Brighton and lastly played for them in their 5-2  win over Leicester in September.

Heart problems in Sports Athletes – especially footballers have been recurrent.

Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered from a Cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark in Euro 2020, but was fitted with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD).

Also, Manchester City’s all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero retired from football age 33 after expressing chest discomfort last year.

Former Manchester United Midfielder, Daley Blind was diagnosed of a heart condition in December 2019 but returned to the pitch after ICD was fitted.

Fabrice Muamba collapsed when his heart stopped in a game in 2012, while Cameroon’s Marc- Vivien For died after collapsing in an international match in France.

Source: BBC Sports


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