The Confederation of African Football (CAF) through its Appeals Committee has reduced the one-year ban imposed on Enyimba captain Austin Oladapo by half, reports www.aclsports.com
Oladapo, 26, was handed a 12-month sentence in July after his sample showed traits of banned drug prednisolone in a test conducted after a CAF Confederation Cup game in May.
The midfielder had vehemently maintained that any trace of the substance found in his sample would have been from the anti-Covid19 medications he took at the time, a position held by his club Enyimba FC.
In a communication to the club after their successful appeal, CAF stated that the length of the ban which was meant to last till July 5, 2021 has now been halved.
“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,” confirmed Enyimba on the club’s official website on Wednesday.
Oladapo and his Enyimba teammates have since been camping in Omoku, Rivers State under the tutelage of former Super Eagles star Finidi George ahead of the next football season in Nigeria.
Enyimba will start their season in mid-October in the Total Energies CAF Confederation Cup. They have a date with Senegalese side Diambars, with the first leg billed for Senegal on the weekend of October 15.