Enock Mwepu has had a short career but has retired as a fulfilled man after achieving one of his dreams: playing in the Premier League.
Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion confirmed on Monday morning that the 24-year-old had announced his retirement from football for health reasons.
As reported by Pulse Sports Nigeria, the shocking news came after the Zambian was diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition.
According to his club, it was in Mwepu’s interest to hand over his boots to avoid fatal cardiac arrest if he continued to play.
“The condition, which can worsen over time, would put Enock at extremely high risk of suffering a life-threatening cardiac event if he continued to play competitive football,” the club said in a statement.
Mwepu reveals that it is not the end for him in football
However, while everyone has reacted to the devastating news, the player himself believes that his retirement is not the end.
Speaking via a statement on his official social media account, Mwepu expressed his sadness at walking away from the game, but added that it is not the end for him.
“By the grace of God, a boy from a small town in Zambia called Chambishi lived out his dream of reaching the Premier League,” said Mwepu.
“Some dreams, however, do come to an end, so it is with sadness that I announce the need to hang up my boots on the medical advice I have received.”
“However, this is not the end of my involvement in football. I plan to stay involved in some way.”