By Habeeb Kuranga
Former Brighton and Zambia midfielder, Enock Mwepu has been appointed as Brighton’s academy coach.
The Zambian was forced to retire in October at just 24 years of age after he was diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition. Brighton has now confirmed that Mwepu will become their u-9 academy coach in the new year.
Mwepu, who was the captain of the Chipolopolo of Zambia moved to Brighton and Hove Albion in the 2021/22 season in a €23 million deal from Red Bull Salzburg after a successful season with the Austrian outfit where he scored 10 goals and provided 7 assists in 45 matches. Although he didn’t replicate that tally for Brighton last season, as he scored 2 goals and notched 5 assists for the club, his long-range effort against Liverpool in a 2-2 draw in September 2021 will always be remembered.
Speaking to the press ahead of Brighton’s showdown against Arsenal at the Amex Stadium on New year’s eve, manager Roberto de Zerbi spoke about Mwepu’s appointment.
He said: “We’re really happy 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 wealth of experience.
“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.”