Heart problem forces Brighton player Enock Mwepu to retire

Brighton midfielder Enock Mwepu has retired from football aged 24 due to an inherited heart condition, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

Mwepu fell ill last month on a flight to join the Zambia national team squad in Mali and was treated at a hospital there. He underwent further medical examinations in England.

“The condition, which may worsen over time, would put Enock at an extremely high risk of suffering a life-threatening cardiac event, should he continue to play competitive football,” Brighton said in a statement.

The Premier League club said the health issue had not been seen in previous cardiac screening tests, which top football players routinely undergo each season.

“We are all absolutely devastated for Enock,” Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said. “As a club, we will give him all the love, help and support we can as he makes a full recovery and then as he decides the next steps in his life.”

Mwepu made his debut for Zambia as a teenager while playing for Salzburg. He won four Austrian league titles with Salzburg and played in the Champions League in a team with Erling Haaland. He joined Brighton last year.

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