Ex-Brighton star Enock Mwepu ‘hurried to hospital’ after suspected heart attack

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Enock Mwepu was forced to retire aged just 24 last October due to a hereditary condition and reports in his native Zambia claim he suffered a suspected heart attack.

Former Premier League midfielder Enock Mwepu has been rushed to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack, according to reports in his native Zambia.

Having impressed at Brighton last season, Mwepu was tragically forced to retire aged 24 in October 2022 due to an inherited heart condition. The Zambian Observer claims he suffered what is believed to have been a heart attack on Sunday morning and was taken to University Hospital.

The incident reportedly took place as he was driving towards the town of Kabangwe, on the outskirts of the capital Lusaka, and his car was seen swerving onto a main road. The report does not provide an update on Mwepu’s condition, it simply states that he was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

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“Mwepu was driving along the Great North Road, close to the Kabangwe area, he was leaving the city,” a source told the Zambian agency. “Then it’s like he started to have obvious heart problems. When he started to go into cardiac arrest, he started zigzagging. Then he finally parked, got out of the vehicle and fell.”

Mwepu retired after making 169 appearances in his club career, representing teams such as Red Bull Salzburg and Brighton. He won the Austrian top flight four times with Salzburg and three Austrian Cups, as well as scoring six goals in 23 appearances for Zambia.

The condition Mwepu was diagnosed with could have gotten worse over time if he continued to play. The problem was discovered after he fell ill on a flight to join his Zambian teammates, and he spent time in hospital in Mali under observation before returning to Brighton.

In an emotional statement on Twitter, Mwepu wrote: “A boy from a small township in Zambia naaaaaamed Chambishi has some news to share. He has stayed strong to follow his dream of playing football at the highest level and by the grace of God he has lived his dream of 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 becaaaause of the medical advice I received. But this is not the end of my involvement with football, I intend to remain involved in some capacity.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me on my football journey, including my wife and family, my agent 12MAN, the Zambian Federation, all my previous clubs, teammates and coaches, and especially everyone at Brighton. and Hove Albion. .”

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