'It was surreal'

Good friends recall Muamba's heart attack

Last Updated: 08/12/12 5:03pm

Comedian Eddie Kadi told Soccer AM about the moment he found out good friend Fabrice Muamba had suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch.

"The first time I saw it I thought 'have I just lost Fabrice?' I drove to the hospital like Lewis Hamilton!"

Eddi Kadi

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Muamba made headlines in March when he had a heart attack playing for Bolton in the FA Cup against Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Kadi - who Muamba described as a 'brother from a different mother' on the show - couldn't attend the game but had arranged to meet the midfielder afterwards for a night out in the capital.

"I was at home when I found out," recalled Kadi.

"Usually when Fab's down playing in London me and another friend would go and pick him up after the game, drop him back at the hotel and then go on a lads' night out.

"But that day I had something to do and couldn't actually go to the game, so I planned to pick him up afterwards.

"I remember I was on the computer sending emails and then I got a text saying 'I hope your friend is alright'. I wrote back and said 'what friend's that?'

"He said 'check Sky Sports News' - and when I did it was the most surreal feeling.

"The first time I saw it I thought 'have I just lost Fabrice?' I drove to the hospital like Lewis Hamilton!"


Thankfully Muamba has recovered - although he was forced to retire from football on health grounds - and the ex-England U21, while on the show, was keen to thank those who helped him on that dramatic night.

"I had the right people at the right time working extremely hard on that day to help me be where I am right now," he said.

"I've got no bad feeling about what happened because it happened, there's nothing I can do to stop it. All I can do is say thank you to everybody who helped me and move on.

"The supporters have been amazing from every football club you can think of and I'm grateful for it.

"I'm just grateful I'm here to see my family and friends and come on shows like this."

Check out the video above to hear more from the pair and see Eddie describe Fabrice's dancing skills!