Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo has been cleared to return to professional football after successfully appealing his four-year ban.
'Bibo' was banned for four years in 2016 after he was found guilty of using Cocaine, and the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport CEO Khalid Galant has confirmed to Goal that the midfielder is free to play again.
“Mr. Ntshumayelo’s 4-year-ban for a doping offence (cocaine) has been reduced to two years upon appeal,” Galant told Goal.
“He applied for condonation for his appeal to be heard as he was way beyond the deadline to file an appeal,” he added.
“SAIDS did not oppose the player’s application for the appeal. Mr. Ntshumayelo has already served the two years of the initial four-year ban and is now free to compete and return to playing football competitively,” concluded the CEO.
The former SuperSport United midfielder recently confirmed that he was working very hard to see his ban reduced. He is now free to play for a team of his choice.
The nippy midfielder launched his football career with SuperSport United academy in 2005 before graduating to the senior team in 2009 until 2012 where he left to join the Buccaneers.
He featured in 78 matches for the Soweto giants between 2012 and 2016 before he was sidelined. Ntshumayelo has played for Bafana Bafana on three occasions.
Thandani Ntshumayelo, a professional football player's 4 year ban for a doping offence (cocaine) has been reduced to 2 years upon Appeal. He already served two years of the initial four year ban and is now free to compete and return to playing football competitively.— SAIDS (@drugfreesportZA) September 11, 2018