Brighton Employs Mwepu as Coach After Heart Condition

December 30, 2022
Enock Mwepu

By Adedapo Adesanya

After a heart condition cut down his career, Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club has announced that Enock Mwepu will take up the role of an under-9s coach in its academy from 2023.

The Zambian was forced to retire in October because of a hereditary heart condition at just 24 after it was discovered he had a hereditary heart condition, and after a period away from the game to assess his options, he has decided to return to the club in a different role.

Speaking on this, the men’s first-team head coach Mr Roberto De Zerbi, said, “We’re really happy that Enock has decided to remain here at our club and use his experience to help develop our young players.

“Considering his age, Enock has a wealth of experience. He has played in the Champions League and Premier League, as well as captaining his country. This is the next chapter for Enock in his footballing career.”

The chief executive and deputy chairman, Mr Paul Barber, said, “We were very keen to help Enock with the next stage of his career, and we’re delighted he’s taken us up on the offer to join our academy coaching staff after an incredibly difficult time for him and his family following his diagnosis.

“Whenever we recruit a new member of staff, on or off the pitch, we want them to fit with our club values, and Enock absolutely encapsulates those perfectly. We’re thrilled Enock will continue to be part of our club, and we believe Enock has a huge amount of potential as a coach. We want to give him the opportunity to flourish in this role.”

A Zambian-capped midfielder, Enock Mpewu had the nickname The Computer throughout his career, based on his ability to read the game.

He made 81 league appearances over four years at Salzburg, scoring 11 goals and laying on nine assists while also playing in every one of their Champions League group stage games during the 2020/21 season.

He was also on the scoresheet in the 2021 OFB-Cup Final, grabbing a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over Lask. He was a regular for the Zambia national team after making his debut in September 2017.

He signed for Albion in 2021, going on to make 27 appearances and scoring three goals before retiring in October 2022.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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