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Ivory Coast Goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo To Miss AFCON After Doping Ban

Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo will miss the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations after testing positive of a banned substance in November.

The 33-year-old, who turns for Ethiopian Premier League side Wolkite City, has been temporality banned by world football governing body FIFA after it found the forbidden substance Trimetazidine in his urine.

A statement from Ethiopia Football Federation says; “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has passed the following decision on the player: Gbohouo will be temporarily banned worldwide from the day the decision was announced.

“The temporary ban includes national or international competition,” the statement continued. “The length of temporary ban will be decided by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee.”

The goalkeeper  reportedly took medication containing Trimetazidine on the advice of his doctor, and his club didn’t know that that the stimulant had been added to the 2014 Prohibited List because it hadn’t been published in Amharic.

Gbohouo has 60 caps for Ivory Coast and has been their first-choice keeper under head coach Patrice Beaumelle.

He made 156 appearances for  former club  TP Mazembe in all competitions after joining from Ivorian top-flight side Sewe Sport.

He enjoyed success with the Ravens winning five domestic league titles, Super Coupe du Congo thrice, CAF Champions League once, CAF Confederation Cup twice and CAF Super Cup once.

Gbohouo was part of the Ivory Coast squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).


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