The CAF Disciplinary Committee continues to put order in African football and some clubs and players are paying the price. This is the case of the captain of Enyimba (D1 Nigeria). Austin Oladapo, who has been suspended for one year from all football related activities by CAF for doping offences.
"The result of the urine test of the player Oladapo Augustine in bottle "A" which was collected during the match N°153 between Pyramids FC (Egypt) Vs Enyimba FC (Nigeria), played on 16 May 2021 in the framework of the CAF Confederation Cup Total 2020/2021 was considered positive due to the presence of a prohibited substance "Prednisolone/Prednisone", according to CAF. "On 18 June 2021, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) was informed of the result. And asked the player to indicate whether he wished to request the analysis of the "B" sample.
On 22 June, CAF received a response from Enyimba via the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). However, the response indicated that the player then chose not to request the "B" sample analysis.
Austin Oladapo was represented at the CAF Disciplinary Board hearing held on 14 July 2021 by the club doctor and the club lawyer. The doctor stressed that the player had no intention of improving his performance by consuming the drugs.
"Having taken into consideration: the CAF Statutes and Regulations; FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations; CAF Disciplinary Code; The CAF Disciplinary Board has decided to suspend the player Augustine Oladapo from all football related activities for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of notification of the provisional suspension, i.e. July 4, 2021," according to the CAF note.