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Andre Onana banned from football

Cameroonian goalkeeper André Onana has been given a one-year doping ban.

  • Onana failed a doping test back in October 2020
  • It is reported that he accidentally took his wife’s medicine
  • Ajax Amsterdam says they will appeal the decision.

The 24_year_old Cameroon International has been handed a 12 months suspension from football for failing an out-of-competition doping test, last October.

His suspension from UEFA comes after it found the forbidden substance Furosemide in his urine, during a test carried out on October 30, 2020.

His Dutch club, Ajax Amsterdam, has however insisted that Onana mistakenly took medicine prescribed for his wife.

Sky Sports reports that “Onana made a mistake with the product and mistakenly took his wife’s medicine”.

The Dutch giants have now announced that they will appeal the decision from UEFA.

“On the morning of October 30, Onana was feeling unwell. He wanted to take a pill to ease the discomfort. Unknowingly, however, he took Lasimac, a drug that his wife had previously been prescribed , reads a statement on Ajax’s website.

“Onana’s confusion resulted in him mistakenly taking his wife’s medicine, ultimately causing this measure to be taken by UEFA against the goalkeeper.

“Furthermore, the disciplinary body of the football association has stated that Onana had no intention of cheating. However, the European Football Association believes, on the basis of the applicable anti-doping rules, that an athlete has a duty at all times to ensure that no banned substances enter the body.”

The doping suspension is effective as from February 05, 2020, and applies to all football related activities.

The decision means Onana will miss domestic matches for Ajax, plus the Europa league, and will also be unavailable for Cameroon until February 2022. Meaning he will likely miss the 2022 AFCON.

Onana has been recently linked to move to German Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund.


Afeseh Apong

Afeseh Apong is a graduate of the Advanced School of Mass Communication, ASMAC, and is currently Team press officer of PWD Bamenda

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