Enock Mwepu (born 1 January 1998) is a Zambian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion and the Zambia national team. His younger brother Francisco Mwepu is also a professional footballer.
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Early Life and Career
Mwepu’s career began with Kafue Celtic in Lusaka before being identified with the 2013 Airtel Rising Stars.
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.
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.
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.
On 18 December 2019, Mwepu extended his contract with Salzburg until summer 2024.
On 6 July 2021, he joined Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion on a four-year contract, for an undisclosed fee. He scored in a 3–1 pre-season friendly win at Luton Town on 31 July. 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. He made his home debut on 21 August coming on as a substitute in the 2–0 victory over Watford in the second game of the season. 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. 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. Three days later, he scored his first league goal for the Sussex side, inspiring Brighton’s come back in an eventual 2–2 away draw against Liverpool.
In 2014 Mwepu was part of the 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. Mwepu is known for his versatility in the field of play as demonstrated at the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Zambia, where he scored a goal and was among the best substitutes of the tournament.
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.
Enock Mwepu is currently married to his love wife Matildah.