AFCON: Will CAF ban Ghana for ‘refusing’ doping test?

AFCON: Will CAF ban Ghana for ‘refusing’ doping test?

After escaping FIFA ban last month Ghana appear to find themselves in another hot water over the refusal of doping test on four players after the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya played in Nairobi on Saturday.

The World anti-doping agency (Wada) said Black Stars officials failed to comply with agents sent to carry out the tests at the Kasarani facility where the game was played.

The unnamed four players are implicated as well for non-compliance to provide samples to Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak), the agency said on Wednesday.

Adak confirmed that they have forwarded to Wada head office what happened after the Kenya vs. Ghana match and the result is expected in a week’s time.

However, Ghana’s Fifa / Caf Liaison Team communications director Dan Kweku Yeboah tells ACLsports that the Black Stars did nothing wrong and must not be blamed.

“We did nothing wrong. We did not intentionally refuse to comply.  The match commissioner told our medical team that he wasn’t aware of any contingent sent by Caf to conduct doping tests on our players. Normally, when players are to be tested, the decision is communicated to both teams during pre-match conference so that they will be prepared,” Yeboah said.

“Both teams meet to draw lots 15 minutes to full time to randomly select four players from each side for the test.

“That was not the case and what made it complicated was that aside the match commissioner confirming that he is not aware of their coming, those who came couldn’t also prove their identity that they were from Caf so there wasn’t the need to comply,” he said.

The development comes at a time when FIFA and CAF delegates are carrying out consultations in Ghana in view of setting up a Nomalisation Committee that will run football activities in the country following the suspension of the local FA.

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