Enyimba midfielder Austin Oladapo has expressed shock at the decision of Africa’s football governing body, CAF’s one year ban for testing positive for a banned substance.
Oladapo told FL he had been subjected to dope tests by CAF, four times in the last four years at club and national team levels.
The 25 year-old insists he had never failed a dope test and has never administered a banned substance.
On Monday, CAF issued a statement on its investigation concerning the player’s urine sample A. The test result came back positive for prohibited substances “Prednisolone/Prednisone”.
‘It came to me as a shock. I wasn’t expecting this from CAF. I’ve done this dope test four times. I did it in the national team at the CHAN, with Enyimba twice and I have always been confident that I will fail a test,’ said Oladapo in an exclusive interview with FL.
‘I don’t drink or smoke, it’s not my lifestyle. I only took a drug prescribed by the club doctor, a pain relief medication, which the club doctor prescribed and he presented the same to Caf.’
The sample A was collected after the Confederation Cup game against Pyramids FC, in a quarter-final tie at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo.
Oladapo was suspended in June and missed Nigeria’s international friendly against Mexico on July 4 in Los Angeles.
He expressed dismay at the disciplinary process failure to acknowledge the evidence of a prior report on his case by the Enyimba club doctor.
“I’ve been in shock since the news got to me. If I were guilty I wouldn’t bother, but this outcome is a big surprise.
“We were given the option of an appeal and the Club is on it.
“Even before the test, the club doctor stated the drug I was administered and so it is shocking they didn’t acknowledge our doctor had informed them ahead of the test.”