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AFCON 2021: FIFA bans top African player over use of ‘Trimetazidine’

Posted by on January 3, 2022 0

A top African player, Sylvain Gbohouo, has been banned by FIFA over the use of a prohibited substance.

This means the Ivory Coast goalkeeper, Gbohouo, will miss the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, after being hit with a temporary ban by FIFA.

Ghohouo, who currently plays his club football for Ethiopian club Wolkite City, tested positive for ‘Trimetazidine’ which was found in a urine sample he submitted last November.

The 33-year-old was named in Ivory Coast’s squad for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon alongside fellow Ira Eliezer Tape, keepers Badra Ali Sangare and Abdoul Karim Cisse.

However, Ivory Coast manager, Patrice Beaumelle, must do without his first-choice in goal at the tournament after the Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF) revealed Ghohouo has been banned.

“FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has announced that it has temporarily banned Sylvain Gbohouo in a message sent to the Ethiopian Football Federation,” the statement from the EFF reads in part.

“Trimetazidine was found [in a urine sample submitted in November], a substance that has been banned for athletes since 2014.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has passed the following decision on the player: Gbohouo will be temporarily banned worldwide from the day the decision was announced.

“The temporary ban includes national or international competition.”

Ivory Coast’s first game at the 2021 AFCON is against Equatorial Guinea on January 12.

The Elephants are in Group E alongside Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone and defending champions Algeria.

AFCON 2021: FIFA bans top African player over use of ‘Trimetazidine’


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