PREMIER LEAGUE: Enock Mwepu returns to Brighton 81 days after withdrawing with heart problems


The 24-year-old was on Brighton’s books as a player until October 10, when he was forced to withdraw after being diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition.

Brighton have now announced that Mwepu has been appointed Brighton Under-9 manager and will start his new role in 2023.

Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi said: “We are very pleased 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 lot of experience. He has played in the Champions League and the Premier League, as well as being captain of his country. This is Enock’s next chapter in his football career,” De Zerbi said.

Brighton chief executive and vice-chairman Paul Barber said: “We were very interested in helping Enock with the next stage of his career, and we are delighted that he has accepted the offer to join our Brighton coaching staff. academy after an incredibly difficult time for him and his family following his diagnosis.”

“Every time we recruit a new member of staff, on or off the pitch, we want them to fit in with our club’s values ​​and Enock sums them up absolutely perfectly. We are delighted that Enock is still a part of our club and we believe that Enock has enormous potential as a manager. We want to give him the opportunity to flourish in this role,” Barber said.

Enock was forced to end his playing career in October, aged just 24, after it was discovered that he had a hereditary heart condition, and after a period out of the game to assess his options, he decided to return to the club.

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

Mwepu joined Brighton in 2021 and made 27 appearances, scoring three goals before retiring in October 2022.


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