Skip to main content

Muamba makes emotional appearance at Bolton's match against Tottenham

updated 5:31 PM EDT, Wed May 2, 2012
Fabrice Muamba waves to the crowd during his emotional appearance at the Reebok before Bolton's game against Tottenham.
Fabrice Muamba waves to the crowd during his emotional appearance at the Reebok before Bolton's game against Tottenham.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Fabrice Muamba appears on pitch before Bolton's match against Tottenham
  • Muamba collapsed on the pitch against Tottenham in an FA Cup match on March 17
  • Tottenham win vital EPL clash 4-1 to leave Bolton in relegation zone
  • Newcastle score 2-0 victory at Chelsea to boost their European hopes

(CNN) -- Bolton's Fabrice Muamba made an emotional appearance at their Reebok Stadium before their game against Tottenham Wednesday, just 46 days after collapsing on the pitch against the same opposition.

He walked on to the field to a standing ovation with the crowd chanting his name in unison.

The 24-year-old midfielder was visibly moved as he acknowledged their cheers before joining his fiancee Shauna Magunda in the stands to watch the vital English Premier League game.

Muamba's heart stopped for 78 minutes after his collapse at White Hart Lane on March 17 in an FA Cup tie.

Millions watched the horrific scenes on television but he has since made a remarkable recovery and left the London Chest Hospital on April 16.

"This is a special place, the support has been overwhelming and I am just grateful for that," Muamba told Sky Sports before Wednesday's match.

This is a special place, the support has been overwhelming and I am just grateful for that
Fabrice Muamba

"I am okay, I am getting stronger every day. I am happy to be back I am just happy to be able to speak to people again and walk freely."

In his absence, Bolton have continued to battle against relegation, but their hopes of avoiding the drop suffered a major setback as Tottenham won 4-1 with goals from Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and a second half double from Emmanuel Adebayor.

The visitors dominated and might have been ahead before Croatian star Modric scored just before halftime with a superb long range effort.

Bolton equalized soon after the break as Nigel Reo Coker converted with a 51st minute strike, but Tottenham's lead was restored when Dutch international van der Vaart finished off a flowing move.

Adebayor ended any hopes of a home comeback with two neat finishes after being played through by more slick passing.

Victory left Tottenham in fourth spot in the battle for Champions League places, edging Newcastle on goal difference.

Newcastle were 2-0 winners at Chelsea Wednesday, all but ending the home side's hopes of qualification for the Champions League through league position.

Chelsea face Liverpool in the FA Cup final at Wembley Saturday and Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League on May 19 in a bid for double silverware under interim manager Roberto di Matteo.

Despite these upcoming big matches, they fielded a strong side at home to Newcastle, but were second best once Papiss Demba Cisse had put the visitors ahead with a stunning first half strike.

Chelsea showed little sign of equalizing and Senegal star Cisse finished them off in injury time with another sublime effort.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
The U.S. government recognizes Kosovo, as do most European states, but getting football's ruling bodies to play ball has proved harder.
updated 11:04 AM EDT, Wed June 4, 2014
National heroes don't always belong to one country. Ask France's World Cup hero Patrick Vieira, who is rediscovering his roots.
CNN's John Sinnott on the quiet Cambridge graduate behind Liverpool's resurgent campaign.
updated 11:19 AM EDT, Fri May 30, 2014
They are the dispossessed -- stateless, and unrecognized by football's ruling body. But these teams will still play at their own World Cup.
Louis van Gaal will be a perfect fit for Manchester United the club, business and brand, says CNN's Patrick Snell.
updated 3:24 PM EDT, Mon May 19, 2014
There's a new force in Spanish football -- and Atletico Madrid's ascendance is sharply contrasted by the fall from power of Barcelona.
updated 8:06 AM EDT, Tue May 13, 2014
Rubber bullets, drones and FBI-trained riot police. Welcome to Brazil's 2014 World Cup -- will protests overshadow football's showpiece event?
updated 9:18 AM EDT, Fri May 9, 2014
The former England international, who famously kicked a banana off the pitch 27 years ago, says education is the key to tackling racism.
updated 8:00 AM EDT, Wed May 7, 2014
Of course not. But former Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed seems to think the removal of Michael Jackson's statue was a very "bad" idea.
updated 12:03 PM EDT, Wed May 7, 2014
BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 01: Neymar of Barcelona celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on April 1, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
The Brazilian star's first season in Spain may have spluttered along, but the 22-year-old says he'll be firing on all cylinders at the World Cup.
updated 1:15 PM EDT, Wed April 30, 2014
Former Soviet footballer Sergei Baltacha traveled from the land of the hammer and sickle to join The Tractor Boys and in doing so broke new ground.
updated 5:31 AM EDT, Tue April 29, 2014
Brazil's Dani Alves arrived at Barcelona from Sevilla in 2008 and he has gone on to make over 180 appearances for the club.
Villarreal football supporter who threw a banana at Barcelona's Dani Alves during league match handed a life ban by the La Liga club.
ADVERTISEMENT