Ivory Coast will not be able to use their first-choice goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo at the Africa Cup of Nations (FIFA) finals after a drug ban which was confirmed by FIFA federations.
Gbohouo, who plays for the Ethiopia club at Wolkite City, had been provisionally suspended by FIFA after testing positive for trimetazidine, a heart medication that the World Anti-Doping Agency categorizes as a stimulant.
This came after an announcement made by the Ethiopian Football Federation on the eve of the tournament but the Ivorians included him in their squad for the Cup of Nations hoping to have the ban lifted after proving and offering an explanation.
The FIFA’s disciplinary committee told the Ivorian that the suspension is confirmed and will not be lifted and has allowed the Ivorian team 20 days to lodge a formal appeal. Ivory Coast is to play with Sierra Leone on 16th Jan. 2022 at 19OO hours.
By Purity Nyag’ara