Premier League fighter joins Rochdale’s academy

Fabrice Muamba became a hero in a shocking incident in an FA Cup game between Bolton and Spurs. He collapsed on the pitch and almost died, fighting back to health to a heroes welcome.

He suffered an on-field cardiac arrest whilst representing Bolton in the sixth-round tie at White Hart Lane in 2012 and never returned to the field as a player. Since he has spent time as a pundit as well as a coach and he’s now back on the football scene in the Real Football League.

He’s now joined up with Keith Hill’s Rochdale side as an academy coach, looking to pass on his top flight experience to the youngsters at Spotland.

“For me, it was an opportunity that I just couldn’t say no to, and I just want to make the most of it,” Muamba told rochdaleafc.co.uk. “I was doing my Youth Award and the tutor is a good friend of Brett [Rochdale AFC Development Centres Manager]. I don’t live far from here so it was a great opportunity.”

“Since I’ve been here it’s been a very helpful experience. Hopefully this can help me finish my badges and see where it takes me. It’s been a fantastic first few weeks and really enjoyable so far.”

Our View

Muamba is a player who will always inspire images of fighting against adversity, having almost died in front of the nation’s watching eyes.

It’s nice to see him still involved in football and everyone at the Real EFL wishes him the very best of luck.

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