he Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has received with profound shock and devastation news that Chipolopolo captain Enock Mwepu has been diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition.
FAZ President Andrew Kamanga says the Association will wait to hear from the player and medics on the next step.
Kamanga admits that the association has closely monitored Mwepu’s condition since he was admitted in a hospital in Mali.
“We are deeply saddened by the news that Mwepu will no longer be able to play football on the advice of medics. We have kept tabs on his condition since he was admitted to hospital in Mali and airlifted to London and had hoped for better news,” Kamanga says.
And Kamanga declined to talk about the next step, but offered his total support to Mwepu during this time.
“While it is too soon to talk about the next step, we will walk with him throughout this journey and wish him full recovery. We urge everyone to keep Mwepu and his family in prayers as he recovers from this condition,” he said
Kamanga says he has been in contact with the player who has asked for privacy for the time being.
“I have since spoken to the player who advises that he be left alone in the meantime to digest in private what has just happened. We however remain at his full disposal for him and his family in this dark moment. Should further information arise the player and agent will liaise with FAZ with the interests of the player being of utmost importance,” he said.
ZANIS reports that Brighton Hove& Albion Head of Medicine and Performance, Adam Brett revealed on their social media platforms that Mwepu was diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition which can worsen with time and puts the players at high risk of suffering a potentially fatal cardiac event.
Mwepu has been admitted in a London hospital since being airlifted from Bamako on September 25 for further medical tests.
This is according to a statement by FAZ Communications Manager, Sydney Mungala.