Enock Mwepu Appointed As Academy Coach at Brighton & Hove Albion

Enock Mwepu Appointed As Academy Coach at Brighton & Hove Albion

Ibitoye Shittu
  • Retired Zambian footballer Enock Mwepu has been appointed as an academy coach at Brighton
  • Mwepu played 24 games for the Premier League side before he was forced to retire from football
  • The club stated they are happy to have Mwepu back at their side this time around as a coach

Brighton & Hove Albion, which is a Premier League side, have announced the appointment of former Zambian professional footballer, Enock Mwepu as the new coach for their academy.

This is a new development in the career of the 24-year-old Mwepu, who was forced to retire from football due to health issues.

Enock Mwepu, Brighton, Zambia, Premier League, Under 9
Enock Mwepu appointed as academy coach at Brighton & Hove Albion. Photo by John Walton
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According to official statement made by Brighton on their website, they stated that Mwepu would be in charge of their Under-9 side.

Coach Roberto De Zerbi also expressed joy about the club's decision to hire Mwepu, as the coach in charge of children's football development.

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De Zerbi's statement on Mwepu

“We’re really happy that Enock has decided to remain here at our club and use his experience to help develop our young players."

De Zerbi says despite Mwepu being young, he has a wealth of experience to offer.

"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.”

When did Mwepu retire?

In October, Mwepu was found to have a hereditary heart condition and was forced to hang up his boots prematurely.

Brighton pays tribute to Mwepu

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Brighton players came out on October 14 to pay fitting tribute to Mwepu, who recently announced his retirement from the game at just 24 years old.

The midfielder was forced into retirement after screenings found that he had a heart condition, which would put him at risk of suffering cardiac arrest if he continued playing.

Brighton players, like the rest of the world, were rocked by the news that Mwepu would not be part of their squad anymore because of his health status.

His teammate Adam Lallana spoke to Sky Sports before the game, revealing the general mood of the team after learning the sad news.