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Drug 4 Probe

Four players attending national Under-23 football trials in Ba have allegedly test­ed positive in a drug test, a senior Fiji Football Association official has confirmed. Fiji FA competitions manager Amitesh
18 Jan 2019 10:12
Drug 4 Probe
Fiji FA competitions manager Amitesh Pal

Four players attending national Under-23 football trials in Ba have allegedly test­ed positive in a drug test, a senior Fiji Football Association official has confirmed.

Fiji FA competitions manager Amitesh Pal said he was aware of the incident at Fiji FA’s Sahu Khan Academy and was waiting for a detailed report.

“The report will go through our normal dis­ciplinary procedures and we will deal with the players accordingly,” Pal said.

“We have our own regulations and proce­dures to discipline players. Fiji FA will take appropriate action if somebody is found in breach of Fiji FA regulations.”

A senior Fiji FA source close to the matter said the four players involved are from Ba, and three featured for the senior district team last season.

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel is away in Morocco for a FIFA Summit and could not be reached for a comment.

Chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf, who is also in Morocco, said he would only comment after seeing the full report.

Vodafone Fiji national coach Christophe Gamel also declined to comment on the inci­dent.

The players were in camp for national tri­als in preparation for the OFC U-23 Olympic Qualifiers scheduled for September 21-Octo­ber 6 in Fiji.

Fiji FA has been spearheading a ‘crusade’ against drugs in football since 2017.

Players have tested positive in random tests conducted at tournaments throughout last season, although no names have been publicly released.

This latest incident involving players deemed worthy for national selection shows that the issue exists at the very top level of the local game.

It also reveals the scale of the task facing Fiji FA in trying to eradicate the problem.

-Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: sheldon.chanel@fijisun.com.fj



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