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Ex-Arsenal, Birmingham and Bolton man: I’d do Strictly Come Dancing

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba waves to the crowd before the Premier League match against Tottenham. Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba waves to the crowd before the Premier League match against Tottenham.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
12:01 AM

Football star Fabrice Muamba shows how far his recovery has come after being brought back from the dead at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane ground in March as he enjoys a kickabout - and confesses he wants to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

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The former Bolton Wanderers man collapsed in front of 35,000 fans during an FA Cup tie when he suffered cardiac arrest.

The Zaire-born player, who married at the weekend, was technically dead for 78 minutes but was brought back after repeated shocks from a defibrillator shocks which started his heart once more.

The 24-year-old has since been forced to give up the game he loves but he has not been short of offers now he is on the mend.

“I was approached to do Dancing On Ice, but I had to say no. That’s more dangerous than football,” he told the Radio Times.

“My insurance definitely doesn’t cover that. But I’d do Strictly Come Dancing. I love my salsa, so I’d be well up for that.”

And to show he has returned from the brink he took part in a game in Kent with children who have disabilities and special needs as part of next month’s BBC Children In Need activities.

“It’s only the second time I’ve had a chance to kick a football since I had my cardiac arrest,” he said. “I’m just excited to play. I’ve been given a second opportunity in life.”

He said he saw playing with the children as a “second chance”.

But the former player, who came to the UK when he was an 11-year-old refugee, said he finds it frustrating that his health woes have stopped him from returning to a career in football.

“I always had hope I could make a comeback. I get pretty angry at the moment when I watch and can’t do anything.”

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