Former Brighton midfielder Enock Mwepu 'OK' after feeling chest pain

Former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Enock Mwepu has received medical treatment while at home in Zambia after feeling discomfort in his chest, the player's representative said.

Contrary to reports in the local media that Mwepu suffered a heart attack while driving, his former club director Lee Kawanu told ESPN that he did not collapse but actively sought medical advice himself after feeling pains.

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The 24-year-old was forced to retire in October after being diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition, and was appointed coach of Brighton's Under-9 team in December.

"The information I have is that he's OK," Kafue Celtic director Kawanu told ESPN. "He felt some discomfort and went in to be checked or treated if necessary.

"It's very sad, but I think he went to the newly built heart hospital [National Hospital in Lusaka's Chongwe district] and he's been in touch with his doctors in the UK.

"It's not accurate [that he suffered a heart attack while driving], and he did not collapse."

Brighton confirmed in a statement that the former Red Bull Salzburg player is recovering at hospital, where he is "undergoing precautionary tests."

"Our medical team is in communication with the hospital to assist if required," read a statement on Brighton's website. "The club would like to thank the many well-wishers for their messages and support.

"[Neither] the club nor Enock wish to provide any further comment at this stage."

Mwepu initially fell ill in September while on a flight to Mali during an international trip with the Zambian national team, and opted to retire after subsequent cardiac tests in Brighton.

The player's condition, which can be exacerbated by active sports, had not previously been detected during regular cardiac screening.

"We are all absolutely devastated for Enock," Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said at the time. "He and his family have had a traumatic few weeks and while we are just thankful he has come through that period, he has seen such a promising career cut short at such a young age.

"As a club we will give him all the love, help and support we possibly can to make a full recovery, and then as he decides on the next steps in his life."

After Mwepu's diagnosis, Brighton pledged to help the player receive the treatment required in order to manage his condition.