The  Confederation of African Football (CAF) reduces Enyimba Captain Austin Oladapo’s doping ban from 1 year to six months

African Football’s ruling body, Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reduced the twelve months ban on Enyimba midfielder and captain Austin Oladapo.

Oladapo’s initial ban was for one year by CAF for testing positive to prednisolone in a test conducted in May.

The initial ban meant he would stay away from all football-related activities until July 2022 but following an appeal,

the CAF Appeals Committee clears the midfielder to return on January 5 by

In his defense, Oladapo maintained that any trace of the substances found in his blood sample would have been

from anti-Covid19 medications, he was taking at the time.

Also, his club, Enyimba, in testimony maintained the same stance, arguing that their captain would not purposely take

a banned substance and had no prior doping record.

Standing behind him, Enyimba said Oladapo is a disciplined athlete who became worthy of the captain band due to his professionalism and could not have intentionally taken the said substance.

After the hearing on Wednesday, September 22, a statement from the CAF Appeals Committee read;

“The Board has decided to reduce the sanction of player Oladapo Augustine from one year to six (6) months.

Therefore the player Oladapo Augustine is suspended from taking part in any football-related activities

until 4th January 2022.”

By Taiyelolu A

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