Zambia International and Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Enock Mwepu has been forced to retire from all competitive football. This is after was diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition.

Enock Mwepu fell ill while on a flight to link up with his Zambia teammates in the international break last month. He returned to Brighton to undergo further cardiac tests after a period in hospital in Mali.

Mwepu was a teammate to South Africa forward and former Mamelodi Sundowns player Percy Tau before his move to Al Ahly in Egypt.

In a statement from Brighton on Monday morning. The club revealed that Mwepu would have an extremely high risk of suffering a “fatal cardiac arrest” should he continue playing competitive football.

Enock Mwepu retire

Mwepu revealed he is still planning to remain in football in some capacity after cutting short his career.

“A boy from a small Zambian township called Chambishi has some news to share.

He stood strong to follow his dream of playing football at the highest level, and by the grace of God he lived his dream by 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 because of the medical advice I have received. This is, however, not the end of my involvement with football. I plan to stay involved in some capacity.

Zambian Enock Mwepu forced to retire
Zambian Enock Mwepu forced to retire

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that supported me in my football journey, including my wife and family. My agent 12MAN, the Zambian FA, all my previous clubs, team-mates and coaches and especially everyone at Brighton & Hove Albion.”

Mwepu featured in all six of Brighton’s Premier League games this season before the September international break. He played 27 times for the club since joining from Red Bull Salzburg in July 2021. The midfielder also scored six goals in 23 appearances for the Zambian national team.

Brighton & Hove Albion react

“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,” said club chairman Tony Bloom.

“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.”