Prolific Footballer Muamba retires 5 months after cardiac arrest

7 years ago by: Tony Ladipo
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Muamba retires 5 months after cardiac arrest
The Associated Press – Aug., 15, 2012

BOLTON, England (AP) -- Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba retired from soccer Wednesday after suffering an on-field cardiac arrest in March during an FA Cup quarterfinal match against Tottenham.
Muamba travelled to Belgium last week to seek medical advice from a cardiologist after consultations in Britain and Europe, and was advised to retire from playing at the professional level. ''While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for,'' Muamba 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.''
Muamba collapsed to the field in north London on March 17. Andrew Deaner, a cardiologist who was in the stands, rushed on to the field to help treat him. Muamba's heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes, but started again after arriving at the London Chest Hospital. He was discharged on April 16.
In May, Muamba returned to Bolton's Reebok stadium to a standing ovation and tearfully acknowledged the crowd.
''Football has been my life since I was a teenage boy and it has given me so many opportunities,'' Muamba said. ''Above all else, I love the game and count myself very lucky to have been able to play at the highest level.
''I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career, and the Bolton fans who have been incredible.''
Bolton manager Owen Coyle praised Muamba's character during his recovery.
''Everyone has seen what a fighter and strong person he is in mind and body,'' Coyle said. ''We know that he will go on to achieve great things and within all this disappointment, the most important thing is that he is here, alive, today.''
The 24-year-old Muamba began his career at London club Arsenal before joining Birmingham in 2007. He signed for Bolton the following year.
Muamba played 211 games in all competitions during his professional career, scoring six goals

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-- winace (f) at 16-08-2012 04:39PM
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Gud speech. Go for coaching. U'll be a better one. U were a gud player.
-- papadip (m) at 16-08-2012 11:47PM
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Fabrice Muamba was a footballer with the spirit of an Olympian
Editorial by: Guardian UK
Aug., 16, 2012
Courageous, affable and self-aware, the England Under-21 midfielder has the skills to forge a successful future off the pitch
Fabrice Muamba fled his homeland as a child and ended up playing for Arsenal, Birmingham and Bolton. Fabrice Muamba made it. The odds were stacked against him, even more than they are against most people, since he was forced to flee his homeland as a child and try to find a fulfilling path through an alien environment. Yes, he was armed with a precious talent, but not with as much of it as many people who did not reach such a high level in professional football. He made it because he augmented his talent with such diligence and determination that he set himself apart from countless others who probably fancied they could have gone as high or higher than he did. Extraordinary tenacity and dynamism were the hallmarks of his playing style. Sorrow is inescapable when anyone is robbed by ill-health of something or someone they love;it is thoroughly sad that Muamba will not be able to resume the football career that he worked so hard to build. While he seems to have been pitiless in what he demanded from himself in order to succeed, he appears to have been gentle with others: the content of the cascade of tributes that flowed after he collapsed at White Hart Lane in March attested to a player who was popular not merely because he had a glamorous job but also because he seemed untainted by the attendant glitz and guff. Self-aware and affable, he is exactly the sort of person that commentators overlooked last week when they complained glibly about how much more savoury Olympians are than footballers.
“I was touched so much watching the Video below thinking what a young man with a promising football career that came to an abrupt stop”
 (Video: Back at Bolton Reebok stadium after being discharged from hospital)
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It must have been a painful experience for all I wish him the very best in life.. Papadip.
While there is a sense of dismay that such misfortune should befall one of the nice guys, there is also cause to be grateful: firstly, of course, because while Muamba has lost his career, he did not lose his life despite suffering a cardiac arrest. And secondly because the 24-year-old Muamba, by overcoming adversity to play for three Premier League clubs and become the second-highest capped England Under-21 international, has indicated that he has the qualities to deal with his anguish and go on to make it in another field, too.
He may stay in football, where many people have forged fine careers after their playing days were truncated by injury or ill health; he may go into business, making use of the accountancy qualifications that he obtained while pursuing his football career; he may do both, or he may do something else.
Whatever he chooses to do, he is likely to set about it with sedulousness and guts. And the best wishes of millions.