Former Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba goes back to school to learn how to be football pundit
MIRACLE man Fabrice Muamba hopes to stay in football for years to come — but as a qualified TV pundit.
The former Bolton Wanderers midfielder, who was forced to quit football after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match at Tottenham in March 2012, starts a sports writing and broadcasting degree next week.
Having already gained some experience in TV since his retirement, Muamba hopes to establish himself as a top-quality pundit through the Staffordshire University course.
If he succeeds in the two-year degree, he will be awarded a BA (hons).
He will join 12 other students on the course, three of which are former Football League players.
A friend of Muamba’s, who asked not to be named, said: “He is absolutely delighted to be doing the course. It will be great for him if he can stay involved in football long-term through this line of work.
“Ever since he hung up his boots he has been keen to continue his studies.
“This is very much a natural thing for him to do at this time.”
Muamba studied accountancy before he turned professional but never completed the course as he had to focus on his football commitments.
Since leaving football, Muamba has been a popular choice of TV stations as a guest pundit.
Sky, ITV and the BBC have all used his services since he quit playing, while he has recently been recruited to star in an overseas football show as a pundit.
Muamba will be studying the degree remotely, but has visited the site to meet lecturers and staff members. He enrolled on the course during the summer and will start working in earnest in early October.
The incident during an FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane saw Muamba’s heart stop for 78 minutes before medics were able to revive him. Despite making a miracle recovery, he was deemed unable to return to playing on health grounds.
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