Fifa Bans Former Nigeria U-23 Star for four years


By Sportgister Ng

Nigerian striker Orji Okonkwo has been suspended from football for four years after being found guilty of a doping violation, according to Fifa.

The 24-year-old, who plays for Serie A side Bologna, was initially handed the ban by the national anti-doping agency (Nado Italia) in June.

In February, Okonkwo – who is set to appeal – had tested positive for the steroid clostebol during a loan spell at Cittadella.

Clostebol, which the player said he used to treat a problematic knee, is on the World Anti-Doping Code prohibited list.

Fifa’s disciplinary committee has now extended the Nado Italia sanctions to have “worldwide effect”, according to its chairperson Jorge Ivan Palacio.”

Consequently, the Committee decided to extend the sanction imposed on the player by the Italian Nado on 20 June 2022,” read a Fifa statement.”

More specifically, the player is sanctioned with a four years suspension from all football-related activities in accordance with the decision.”

His ban has been backdated to 25 February and he will be free to play again on 24 February 2026.

BBC Sport Africa has been informed by the player’s representatives that he will appeal against the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas

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