Name: Enock Mwepu
D.O.B: January 1, 1998
Club: Liefering/Red Bull Salzburg
Position: central midfield | defensive midfield | attacking midfield | centre-forward
Height: 6 foot 0.3 inches | 184cm
Strengths: aerial duels | consistency | dribbling | ground duels | interception | positioning | strength | versatility
Weaknesses: ball control
Nicknamed “The Computer” for his intelligence with the ball and understanding of the game, Mwepu is a robust and versatile player that can play anywhere in the midfield, as well as a centre-forward. Having the ability to play in multiple positions means he has a wide range of attributes to his name. Standing at six feet tall, he is a presence on the pitch and hard to contain. Without the ball, Mwepu knows where to position himself to make a tackle or an interception to get his side back on the front foot. In possession, his technical ability and strength allows him to glide past opponents with ease and into a dangerous area, where he’ll either have a shot at goal from distance – which he’s more than capable of doing – or look for a run from a teammate to pick out with a pass.
Born in the Zambian capital of Lusaka, Enock Mwepu first broke onto the scene at the 2015 African U17 Championship in Niger, where he’d feature in all three of Zambia’s games. In that summer, the 17-year-old would put pen to paper on a deal to join Kafue Celtics from Power Dynamos. Although, his time in Kafue would last for just one season as he’d join Kapsa Stars on loan for the 2016/17 campaign.
In April 2017, Mwepu made the trip to Austria to partake in a trial with Liefering, where he’d train with his compatriot Patson Daka, whom played alongside in the aforementioned tournament. With the club keeping a watchful eye on him, the Zambian flew to South Korea for the FIFA U20 World Cup. Helping his nation reach the quarter-final, Mwepu scored and assisted twice in five games, including a goal versus Iran which was nominated for the Goal of the Tournament.
After a successful trial and tournament, on July 1, Mwepu joined Red Bull Salzburg on a five-year deal that he had reportedly signed before the competition had kicked-off. His adventure in Austria began with Liefering in the division below, making his debut in the first match of the season against Kapfenberg. Two weeks later, he scored his first and second goal in a 3-2 win at Blau-Weiß Linz.
The 19-year-old’s early season form caught the eye of national team coach Wedson Nyirend, who called him up for Zambia’s FIFA World Cup qualification doubleheader versus Algeria in September. At his hometown stadium, Mwepu was introduced as a 56th minute substitute and in the 89th minute, he’d put the game out of question, scoring the the host’s third goal on his debut in a 3-1 win