Ghana could be in trouble with anti-doping agency

Kenya's Michael Olunga (right) and Nicholas Opoku of Ghana during the AFCON qualifiers./PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi. KENYA: Football Federation of Ghana may find itself in trouble with the World Anti-doping Agency after its officials blocked four of their key players from being tested after their African Cup of Nations qualifiers match against Kenya’s Harambee Stars last weekend.

According to the Anti-Doping agency of Kenya (ADAK) players were summoned to give their blood samples for testing but their officials declined the orders.

The players may also be cited for non-compliance and for failing to provide samples to Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) officials after Saturday’s match which they lost 1-0.

“After the match our officials went out to pick the targeted players and while all accepted to provide samples some officials in the Ghanaian team held the players back saying they did not have prior information of the testing even though no one is supposed to be notified’’, said one of the source who asked to remain anonymous.

The Kenyan players who were tested are Michael Olunga, Ovella Ochieng, Teddy Akumu and Eric Johanna. The source only confirmed Ghana’s Christian Atsu who turns out for Newscastle United, as among the Ghanaian players who were to be tested by Adak.

Director of standard and compliance in local anti-doping agency Sarah Shibutse said they will report the case to the world anti-doping agency and Ghana’s anti-doping agency.