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FIFA To Hear Gbohouo’s Anti-Doping Ban Appeal

Ivory Coast and Wolkite City goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo will plead his case against a suspension for a failed drug test to FIFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on Wednesday.

The goalkeeper had been suspended after failing a drug test which was carried out in November 2021.

The 33-year-old had previously revealed he took medication containing Trimetazidine on the advice of his doctor.

His Ethiopian Premier League side also didn’t know that that the stimulant had been added to the 2014 Prohibited List because it hadn’t been published in Amharic.

As a result, the suspension could prevent the shot-stopper from featuring for the Elephants in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

“Regarding the sanction imposed on national team goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohou, a hearing will be held on Wednesday January 05, 2022 at 3 p.m. in Switzerland (5 p.m. in Saudi Arabia and 2 p.m. in Ivory Coast),” read a statement from Ivorian Fooball Federation (FIF).

“The Player’s Committee will thus appear before FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

“The Staff of the National Team of Côte d’Ivoire, remain in solidarity with the Ivorian goalkeeper in the ordeal he is going through. An information point will be made, depending on how the situation evolves.”

Gbohouo has been starring for Wolkite City first team since September 2020 and has contributed in no small measure to the club’s success in the ongoing Ethiopian Premier League.

The goalkeeper is also a prominent member of the Ivory Coast national team and will be hopping to be cleared to feature in 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Ivory Coast begin their Nations Cup campaign against the Equatoguineans on January 12 in Douala.

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