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Andre Onana: Cameroon goalkeeper’s doping ban reduced to nine months by CAS

• The Ajax goalkeeper was handed a one year-long doping ban by UEFA in February after he tested positive for a banned substance.

By Beng Emmanuel

Andre Onana’s one year-long doping ban has been reduced to nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS.

The 25-year-old Cameroon and Ajax goalkeeper was banned in February by UEFA after testing positive for a banned substance Furosemide, during an out-of-competition test on October 30.

Onana will be able to train in September and play in November after his ban was reduced to nine months following an appeal. He last played for Ajax on January 31.

The verdict from the court of arbitration for Sport comes barely eight days after an appeal from the Arsenal target [Onana] was heard on June 2 by video link because of Covid-19 restrictions..

“The panel of CAS arbitrators in charge of the matter partially upheld the appeal and reduced the period of ineligibility imposed on Andre Onana from 12 months to 9 months commencing on 4 February 2021 and ending on 3 November 2021,” CAS said in a statement on Thursday.

“In coming to its decision, the CAS Panel also found that no significant fault could be attributed to André Onana who had ingested medication destined for another person in error,” the statement added.

“On that basis, the Panel considered that a 9-month ban was proportionate to the negligence committed and reduced the suspension by 3 months, but could not accept the goalkeeper’s request for the removal of the suspension entirely.”

Due to the ban, the 2018 best African goalkeeper and four time Eredivisie champion has missed several domestic and Europa league matches for Ajax who were crowned Dutch champions in May.

He has also been unavailable for his national team. However, the ruling implies the talented shot-stopper will participate in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations next year.

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