FIFA U17 World Cup winner Okwonkwo banned


Twenty-four year-old Nigerian attacker Orji Okwonkwo has been handed a lengthy ban by FIFA for a failed dope test.

Okwonkwo, who played for Italian side Bologna, was slapped with a four-year ban in addition to the Italian Anti-doping agency’s sanction of the player.

In a document by FIFA and signed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee Chairperson, Jorge Ivan Palacio wrote the NFF, stating:

Consequently, the Committee decided to extend the sanction imposed on the player by the Italian NADO on 20 June 2022.

More specifically, the player is sanctioned with a four (4) years suspension from all football-related activities in accordance with the Decision.


Okwonkwo, a former FIFA U17 World Cup winner, last played competitive football in January 2022, away on loan at Serie B side AS Cittadella.

The four-year ban is in effect from 25th February, 2022, until 24th February, 2026.


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