Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Muamba retires from professional football after surviving cardiac arrest

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Medical experts advised the 24-year old that he could not continue playing soccer at the highest level.

Sani Tukur

Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton Wanderers of England player, who collapsed while playing a football match for his club last season, has retired from professional football.

A statement from the club, published on its website, said Muamba’s decision follows “the recommendation of his medical team, following extensive consultations with leading cardiologists both in the United Kingdom and Europe”.

Muamba collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest on March 17, during Bolton’s FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur FC.

The Congolese, who has played for the English junior national team, said he took the decision based on medical advice.

“Since suffering my heart attack and being discharged from hospital, I have remained utterly positive in the belief I could one day resume my playing career and play for Bolton Wanderers once again,” he said

“As part of my on-going recovery, last week I travelled to Belgium to seek further medical advice from a leading cardiologist.

“But the news I received was obviously not what I had hoped it would be and it means I am now announcing my retirement from professional football”.

Muamba, 24, stated that his love for football had been since his teenage years

“While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for,” he said. I thank God that I am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team who never gave up on me.

The footballer also used his professional football farewell message to thank fans of Bolton.

“I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career, and the Bolton fans who have been incredible,” he said.

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