Officials of Ghana’s Black Stars are facing sanctions after they allegedly stopped four of their players from undergoing the mandatory anti-doping tests, just hours after losing to Kenya’s Harambee Stars by a solitary goal in an Afcon qualifying match played on Saturday.
Apart from the officials, the four players may also be cited for non-compliance for failing to provide samples to Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) at Kasarani. A top official with Adak in Kenya has told Goal that they have already handed over the report to Wada, as they wait for the next move.
“We have forwarded the report of what transpired after the Kenya v Ghana to the head office in Wada and the result should be out in a weeks’ time, that is when we can be in a position to comment on the next course of action.” Sarah Shibutse, Director of Compliance in Adak told Goal on Wednesday.
“If the report was based on the Kenyan team only, I could have told you the outcome but now Ghana is a foreign country and we must follow the rules. Ghana have an anti-doping agency and are aware of what should have been done in such a situation after a big match. We will make it official soon.”
FKF Media Liaison Officer Barry Otieno confirmed to Goal that four Kenyan players underwent the mandatory test after the match. The four include Jesse Were, Ovella Ochieng’ Anthony Akumu and striker Michael Olunga.