Fabrice Ndala Muamba is a former Bolton central mid-fielder who played professional football from 2005 to 2012. He began his career with Arsenal and gained recognition when playing for Birmingham City. After completing the tenure of his contract and making 70 appearances for Birmingham City, he finally moved to Bolton Wanderers. His style of play was often compared with the legendary French footballer Patrick Vieira, thus proving his competence at the mid-field. His brilliance surpassed the football field as he excelled in academics, irrespective of his inability to speak English. At the age of 11, he took refuge in England, escaping the violence in his birth city of Kinshasa; now situated in DR Congo. As a British Citizen on the basis of naturalization, he represented England at U-19 and U-21 level. His promising career was tragically cut short after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the field when playing against Tottenham Hotspur. After his premature retirement, he spent some time doing charities and aiding the cause of heart health. Later, he was drawn back into football and sought a career as a coach.
Childhood & Early Life:
Fabrice Muamba was born on April 6, 1988, to Marcel Muamba and Gertrude Muamba in Kinshasa, Zaire. His father was an adviser to Dictator Mobutu Sese Seko and had to flee Zaire in 1994 to save his life from anti-Mobutu forces. He sought asylum in England and was given indefinite leave in 1999, following which his family escaped the war-torn region and joined him in England.
The family settled in east London and Muamba began his schooling with Kelmscott School in Walthamstow. As a refugee unable to speak English, Muamba proved his brilliance by earning three A-Levels and 10 GCSEs.
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Post Retirement Career
After his forced retirement, Fabrice Muamba tried to build his career in football-related activities. First, he tried commentary for BT Sport’s broadcast of the third round of the playoffs during the African World Cup qualification.
After spending some time with his family and raising awareness of heart health, he decided to come back to football through coaching. After a Football management Diploma at the ‘University of Liverpool’ and few coaching sessions at Liverpool’s academy in March 2015, he got the opportunity to coach the U-16 team at Rochdale at the invitation of his friend, Brett Issitt.
Awards & Achievements
Fabrice Muamba’s pace and energy won the hearts of the Birmingham City Fans and they voted him as the ‘Young Player of the Season.’
He accepted an honorary doctorate awarded by the ‘University of Bolton’ to celebrate and honor the efforts of the medical professionals who helped save his life.
Family & Personal Life
During his time at Birmingham City, Fabrice Muamba met Shauna Magunda, a student at Birmingham University. The two got engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2012, a month before Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest.
Seven months after the stroke, on October 21, 2012, he married Shauna at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. His decision to marry was a result of his experience with death that he didn’t want to wait any longer. The couple have two sons, Joshua Jeremiah and Matthew Josiah.
He has obtained accountancy qualifications while playing professional football and has once expressed that if he wasn’t a footballer, he would have been an accountant.