On 17 March 2012, an FA
Cup tie between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers played
at the White Hart Lane had
to be postponed in the 41st minute after Wanderers midfielder
Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch.
Even after fully recovering, Mumba has now been forced to retire from the game at an early age of 24 years on Medical advice.
His club Bolton Wanderers has confirmed as much.
-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, said Muamba in Bolton’s official portal
Not what I
-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.
-Football has been my life since I was a teenage boy and it has given me so many opportunities.
up on me
-Above all else, I love the game and count myself very lucky to have been able to play at the highest level.
-While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for. 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.
-I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career, and the Bolton fans who have been incredible.
-I am blessed to have the support of my family and friends at this time.
Muamba was born in Kinshasa, Zaire on 6 April 1988. He was part of the Arsenal Youth Academy from 2002 – 2005 before joining the senior side where he spent two seasons the last part of which (2006 – 7) he spent on loan at Birmingham City.
He stayed on at Birmingham for another season after a permanent move before joining Bolton from 2008.
He turned out for England’s Junior sides; U16 through to the U19 as well as the U21 team.