CAF May Have Cleared Heartland Striker John Owoeri Of Drug Charges

Heartland officials have disclosed that the star winger has now been let off the hook by CAF...

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) are believed to have cleared Heartland striker John Owoeri of taking a banned substance during this year's CAF Champions League, Goal.com has learned.

The former Nigeria youth international, along with Heartland chairman, Ignatius Okeahialam, appeared before a CAF disciplinary committee in Abuja on Monday to state his defence.

"I am happy with the outcome of this appearance before the committee, but would rather wait for a formal notice from CAF," said Okeahialam.

Owoeri was reported to have tested positive for a banned substance during his club's 0-0 draw with Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel in August. He will subsequently be banned the following month with Heartland officials insisting then they were not in the picture as to why the dashing winger was banned.

A top Heartland official informed Goal.com that CAF admitted a mix-up in Owoeri's tests samples which were worked on in South Africa and so the player was let off the hook.

The ex-Feyenoord player missed both the semi-finals and finals of this year's CAF Champions League as a result of this suspension.

Samm Audu, Goal.com