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Daka leads tribute messages after Mwepu retirement - 'It saddens me that we didn't continue together'

11:34 PM SGT 10/10/22
Patson Daka of Leicester and Enock Mwepu of Brighton.
Football supporters have united to pay tribute to the Zambia international after announcing his retirement at a tender age.

Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion announced Enock Mwepu has been forced to retire at the age of 24 following the diagnosis of a hereditary heart condition.

The midfielder was taken ill while on a flight to join the Zambia squad in the recent international break and had to be rushed to hospital before returning to his club for cardiac tests.

Mwepu joined the Seagulls from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2021 and managed to play for his Premier League side 27 times and scored three goals.

It is the news that has moved football lovers emotionally and they did not hesitate to express their feelings on their respective social media outlets.

  • Leicester City and Zambia striker Patson Daka.

    Saddens me - Daka

    My friend and brother, we started our football journey together and came to England together, it saddens me that we didn't continue together.

    But our captain, as you said, health and family are more important than football.

    I wish you all the best for the future and hope to see your continued involvement in Zambian football, in a different way - Daka.

  • Thomas Partey Arsenal 2022-23

    Partey replacement

    Sad that Mwepu had to retire at this early age of his career, I was eyeing him for a potential [Thomas] Partey's replacement. Unadulterated baller - @Olajide•Shofolahan.

  • Enock Mwepu

    Incredibly Sad

    Incredibly sad to have a career cut short when you've put so much work into achieving what is a dream. I hope Enock Mwepu finds strength in those around him and can help educate and inspire others in a new role. Very best of luck to him - @Chris

  • Enock Mwepu statement

    Awful

    Mwepu is a very good player as well man. That's awful news to hear - @WestsideBuns.

  • Enock Mwepu Brighton

    Gutted

    Really been gutted by the Enock Mwepu news a high-energy player who always gave his best on the pitch. Wish him success and good life in his retirement - @Kevin Murant.

  • Zambia striker Enock Mwepu.

    Stay on as a coach

    I hope he still stays with the club as a coach or something because he seemed like such a great character. I hope you enjoy your retirement Mwepu and wish you stay healthy mate - @Toby.

  • Enock Mwepu of Brighton and Zambia.

    Terrible news

    Terrible news. Mwepu was vital in that Brighton team and had a great eye for goal - @Thau8

  • Nwankwo Kanu 2000

    Another door opens

    When one door closes another door opens. Wishing you the very best [Mwepu] love and light for the future - @Kanu Nwankwo.