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Ghana Star Sacked by European Club over Cannabis

Ghanaian footballer Bennard Kumordzi expelled by Belgian club KV Kortrijk for failing doping tests.

Ghanaian footballer Bennard Kumordzi over the weekend became the subject of headlines across the globe.

The 30-year-old cuts a glum figure following his expulsion by Belgian club KV Kortrijk.

Bennard comes in the spot light after being tainted with drugs allegations. The Accra-born, it’s purported, used cannabis after carboxy-THC was found in his urine sample, a thing the defensive midfielder consciously denied taking.

The revelation comes on the back of routine checks on players by a doping committee.

A concentration of 186 mg of the aforesaid drug was discovered in the player’s urine, 6mg above the permitted limit. The substance, it is believed, has properties capable of enhancing a player’s performance.

The news came much as a shock to Kortrijk as they faced realities of not only risking losing their star man in midfield but also major sponsors.

bennard-kumordzi2In the heat of moment, there were robust agitations with key club stakeholders demanding for the Black Star to be ostracized from training with his teammates even before a final verdict was reached on his case.

According to reports in Brussels, the hard-tackling playmaker almost hit rock bottom and worsening matters, he was asked to train with the reserves’ team in a bid to keep off from media attention.

As revelation became much more severe, Kumordzi was banned from continuing practices with the fringe players and suspended by the doping committee for four months.

Last week, Kortrijk took a harsher stance after issuing a communiqué revealing the player is no longer welcome to train there and wouldn’t be fielded in test games.

Bennard hasn’t spoken since the saga apart from his comments denying the claims in May.

“I don’t know what happened but I have been banned for four months. I will be back in September,” he said in May.

The 30-year-old erstwhile Dijon star joined Kortrijk in the summer of 2017 from fellow Belgian top tier outfit KRC Genk for a reported fee €400,000.

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