Enock Mwepu

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Enock Mwepu
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Mwepu with Red Bull Salzburg in 2018
Personal information
Full name Enock Mwepu[1]
Date of birth (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 24)
Place of birth Lusaka, Zambia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 NAPSA Stars
2017 Kafue Celtic
2017–2021 Red Bull Salzburg 81 (11)
2017–2018Liefering (loan) 23 (6)
2021–2022 Brighton & Hove Albion 24 (2)
Total 128 (19)
National team
2017 Zambia U17
2017–2018 Zambia U20 10 (3)
2017–2022 Zambia[3] 23 (6)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Enock Mwepu (born 1 January 1998) is a Zambian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Having begun his career in his native Zambia, Mwepu signed for Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg in 2017[4] before moving to join Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion in 2021. Mwepu represented and captained the Zambia national team. On October 10 2022, he was forced to retire following the discovery of a hereditary heart condition.[5]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Mwepu's career began with Kafue Celtic in Lusaka before being identified with the 2013 Airtel Rising Stars.[6] During the 2015–16 season, Mwepu had little game time with Power Dynamos football club of Copperbelt; this precipitated into a move to NAPSA Stars at the end of the 2016 season.[citation needed]

Salzburg and loan to Liefering[edit]

In June 2017, Mwepu joined Red Bull Salzburg and was loaned out to Salzburg's feeder club Liefering who play in Austrian Football First League.[4] During the 2019–20 season, Mwepu established himself amongst Salzburg's starting eleven. He made his debut in the UEFA Champions League during a 4–3 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.[7] On 18 December 2019, Mwepu extended his contract with Salzburg until summer 2024.[8]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 6 July 2021, he joined Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion on a four-year contract, for an undisclosed fee.[9] He scored in a 3–1 pre-season friendly win at Luton Town on 31 July.[10]

He made his competitive Albion debut on 14 August in the opening game of the 2021–22 season away at Burnley where he was replaced by Adam Lallana at half time of the eventual 2–1 victory at Turf Moor.[11] On 24 August, Mwepu assisted Jakub Moder's first Albion goal in the second round EFL Cup away fixture at Cardiff City where Albion won 2–0.[12] He scored his first goal for The Seagulls on 27 October, putting them back level to 2–2 in an eventual penalty shootout loss – in which his penalty was saved – away at Leicester City in the EFL Cup.[13] Three days later, he scored his first league goal for the Sussex side, inspiring Brighton's come back with a stunning 25–yard strike in an eventual 2–2 away draw against Liverpool.[14]

Mwepu had a slow start to 2022 and in general to his time in Sussex due to injury and illness, thus had limited playing time.[15] On his first start since his return from injury Mwepu scored and made an assist for Trossard's opener in the 2–1 away win at Arsenal on 9 April, to help Brighton end their seven match run without a victory.[16] Graham Potter spoke that Mwepu has a "slight injury in his groin which probably means that will be him for the rest of the season," after picking up the knock during the 3–0 away victory at Wolves on 30 April.[17][18] His debut season with The Seagulls was marred by injuries though he had made a positive impact and at the club's end of season awards Mwepu won Goal of the Season for his strike at Liverpool in October.[19] Mwepu managed to recover in time to appear as a substitute in the last game of the season, a 3–1 home victory over West Ham, with Brighton achieving their highest top flight finish in ninth place.[20]

On 10 October 2022, Mwepu retired from professional football at the age of 24 after being diagnosed with a rare hereditary heart condition.[5]

International career[edit]

In 2014 Mwepu was part of the Zambia national under-17 team that represented the country at the 2015 African U-17 Championship, where Zambia played Niger, Nigeria and Guinea from group A.[21] Mwepu is known for his versatility in the field of play as demonstrated at the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Zambia,[22] where he scored a goal and was among the best substitutes of the tournament.[23]

Mwepu scored his first international goal for Zambia in an AFCON Qualifier against Algeria on 2 September 2017 at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, a match which Zambia won 3–1.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

His younger brother Francisco Mwepu is also a professional footballer.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[25]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Liefering 2017–18 2. Liga 23 6 23 6
Red Bull Salzburg 2017–18 Austrian Bundesliga 8 1 2 0 0 0 10 1
2018–19 19 1 3 1 6[a] 0 28 2
2019–20 25 4 4 1 7[b] 0 36 5
2020–21 29 5 6 5 10[c] 0 45 10
Total 81 11 15 7 0 0 23 0 119 18
Brighton & Hove Albion 2021–22 Premier League 18 2 1 0 2 1 21 3
2022–23 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 24 2 1 0 2 1 0 0 27 3
Career total 128 19 16 7 2 1 23 0 169 27
  1. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, five appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Eight appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Zambia's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Mwepu goal.[26]
List of international goals scored by Enock Mwepu
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 September 2017 National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, Zambia  Algeria 3–1 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 16 June 2019 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco  Morocco 3–2 3–2 Friendly
3 12 November 2020 National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, Zambia  Botswana 1–1 2–1 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4 3 September 2021 Stade Olympique, Nouakchott, Mauritania  Mauritania 1–0 2–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 25 March 2022 Kervansaray Sport Centre - Field 1, Antalya, Turkey  Congo 1–0 3–1 Friendly
6 7 June 2022 National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, Zambia  Comoros 1–1 2–1 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours[edit]

Red Bull Salzburg[26]

Zambia U20[26]

Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Enock Mwepu: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 11 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Enock Mwepu". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Zambia U20 star Mwepu joins Austria's Salzburg". BBC Sport. 22 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Enock Mwepu medical update". www.brightonandhovealbion.com. 10 October 2022. Retrieved 10 October 2022.
  6. ^ "'You will score a lot of goals this season' – Zambia's Mwepu to Brighton's Welbeck | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 10 October 2022.
  7. ^ Salzburg, Andy Hunter at the Stadion (10 December 2019). "Liverpool reach last 16 after Naby Keïta and Mo Salah douse Salzburg's fire". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  8. ^ "DAKA, MWEPU AND KOITA EXTEND UNTIL 2024". redbullsalzburg.at. FC Red Bull Salzburg. 18 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Mwepu joins Albion from Red Bull Salzburg". www.brightonandhovealbion.com. 6 July 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Albion claim first win of pre-season at Luton - Brighton & Hove Albion". Brighton & Hove Albion. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  11. ^ "Burnley 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion: Substitute Alexis Mac Allister seals comeback win - BBC Sport". BBC Sport. 14 August 2021. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Cardiff City 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion: Seagulls into Carabao Cup third round - BBC Sport". BBC Sport. 24 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Leicester City 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion: Foxes win 4-2 on penalties - BBC Sport". BBC Sport. 27 October 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  14. ^ "Liverpool 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion: Reds held after stirring Brighton fightback - BBC Sport". BBC Sport. 30 October 2021. Retrieved 30 October 2021.
  15. ^ "'I feel for him' - Graham Potter lifts lid on Enock Mwepu's injury woes and talks return goals - SussexLive". SussexLive. 3 March 2022. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  16. ^ "Arsenal 1-2 Brighton: Gunners boss Mikel Arteta 'concerned' by performance in home defeat - BBC Sport". BBC Sport. 9 April 2022. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  17. ^ "Wolves 0-3 Brighton: Mac Allister, Trossard and Bissouma earn excellent away win - BBC Sport". BBC Sport. 30 April 2022. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  18. ^ "Brighton's Enock Mwepu expected to miss rest of season - The Argus". The Argus. 5 May 2022. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  19. ^ a b "Cucurella at the double at Players' Awards". Brighton & Hove Albion. 9 May 2022. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  20. ^ "Brighton 3-1 West Ham: David Moyes' side must settle for Europa Conference League". BBC Sport Sport. 22 May 2022. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  21. ^ "Under-17 coach unveils provisional squad". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  22. ^ "Player Enock Mwepu". Zedsoccer. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  23. ^ "Zambia dominates CAF Best XI". Fazfootball. Archived from the original on 14 July 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  24. ^ "Im Geburtstalk: Francisco Mwepu". sksturm.at. SK Sturm Graz. 1 March 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  25. ^ Enock Mwepu at Soccerway. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  26. ^ a b c "E. Mwepu". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  27. ^ "FULLTIME – COSAFA U20: South Africa 1 Zambia 2 – Final". Retrieved 6 July 2021.