Confederation of African Football, CAF, has banned the Captain of Enyimba Football Club of Aba, Oladapo Augustine, for a year over a doping violation.
Oladapo tested positive for the banned substance “Prednisolone/Prednisone” after his urine sample was taken in the aftermath of the CAF Confederations Cup tie against Pyramids FC of Egypt on the 16th of May, 2021.
Prednisone is a steroid that serves as an anti-inflammation, and immunosuppressant medication used to treat allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.
The ban according to CAF commenced from 4th July 2021, the date of notification of the provisional suspension.
CAF’s website has this information: “The result of the player Oladapo Augustine urine test in Bottle “A” which was collected in match N °153 between Pyramids FC (Egypt) Vs Enyimba FC (Nigeria), played on 16th of May 2021 in the frame of Total CAF Confederation Cup 2020/2021 was considered positive due to the presence of a prohibited substance “Prednisolone/Prednisone”.
“On 18th June 2021, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was informed of the result and asked the player to indicate if he wishes to request the analysis of sample “B”.
On 22nd June, CAF received the reply of Enyimba club through NFF indicating that the player has elected to not request the analysis of the ‘B’ sample.”
“The club had indicated that any trace of the prohibited substance might have resulted from the prescribed medication the player was on during the same period, and they have communicated the club’s doctor’s report detailing the medications that were prescribed.
He has been suspended from all football activities until a final decision is rendered by CAF Disciplinary Board.”
Oladapo Augustine while responding to the ban in a chat with Nigerian sports journalist, Adepoju Samuel, said: “I don’t take drugs if the team doctor didn’t prescribe for me. I had pains when we were preparing for the game & I took pain killers prescribed by the team doctor.”
“I don’t drink and smoke. I am shocked,” he said.
An official of Enyimba has responded to the ban. He said: “We have appealed, he is a clean player.”
The ban means that Oladapo will miss the Enyimba’s Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL, tie with Lagos-based MFM FC on Sunday, August 1, and may miss other matches, until the result of the appeal comes out.