FIFA rules out Nigeria striker for failing doping test


FIFA bans Nigerian striker for failing doping test

FIFA has imposed a four-year global ban on Nigerian youth international Orji Okonkwo.

The player was found guilty of breaching anti-doping rules and is now banned from all football-related activity.

Okonkwo was heavily criticized after a doping violation discovered by Italy’s National Anti-Doping Tribunal.

FIFA Disciplinary Committee Chairman Jorge Ivan Palacio has already communicated the decision to ban the player to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

A FIFA statement on Okonkwo’s FIFA ban said: “As a result, the Committee has decided to extend the sanction imposed on the player by the Italian NADO on June 20, 2022.

“Specifically, the player is sanctioned with a four (4) year suspension from all football-related activities as per the ruling.”

The four-year ban is in effect from February 25, 2022 to February 24, 2026.

Okonkwo was a member of the winning FIFA U17 squad with the Golden Eaglets in 2015.

The 24-year-old striker played for Italian clubs Reggina, Bologna and Brescia.

He also had a brief stint in MLS with the Montreal Impact.

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