Enyimba captain Augustine Oladapo has been suspended from all football-related activities for one year by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), after testing positive to banned substances.
The ‘A’ sample of the 26-year-old midfielder tested positive to prednisolone/prednisone after his club’s CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final match against Egyptian side Pyramids in May.
The ban takes effect from 4 July, 2021, the date the player was provisionally suspended.
A statement from CAF’s Disciplinary Board said Enyimba ‘had elected to not request the analysis of the ‘B’ sample’, adding that ‘the prohibited substance might have resulted from the prescribed medication the player was on during the same period’.
Neither Oladapo nor Enyimba have reacted to the ban.
The former Kwara United and FC IfeanyiUbah midfielder scored three goals in the group stage of the 2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup, as the 2-time African champions Enyimba reached the quarter-finals.
The ban rules him out of the remainder of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season, and he is expected to miss a large part of next season.