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Ajax Goalkeeper Andre Onana Banned for 1 Year in Doping Case

Andre Onana (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Andre Onana (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Andre Onana has been banned by UEFA for one year in a doping case and is set to miss next year's African Cup of Nations in his home nation of Cameroon.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: Ajax goalkeeper Andr Onana was banned for one year by UEFA in a doping case on Friday and is set to miss next year’s African Cup of Nations in his home nation of Cameroon.

Onana tested positive for furosemide, a banned diuretic, in a urine sample given last October, the Dutch club said in a statement.

Furosemide is often used as a masking agent to hide the presence of other drugs, though Ajax said Onana took a pill prescribed for his wife when he felt unwell.

We had hoped for a conditional suspension or for a suspension much shorter than these twelve months, because it was arguably not intended to strengthen his body and thus improve his performance, Ajax managing director Edwin van der Sar said.

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Ajax said the club and player will appeal against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The 24-year-old Onana has been the first-choice goalkeeper at Ajax for five seasons and a regular for Cameroon.

Although Onana’s positive test was in October, he continued to play in the Champions League. Ajax placed third in its group, which was won by Liverpool.

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first published:February 05, 2021, 16:39 IST