An unnamed Kenyan footballer is facing a potential ban after testing positive for a banned substance following a random anti-doping test.
The footballer whose identity is yet to be revealed as investigations into the matter have began is believed to be a Harambee Stars’ player or a Gor Mahia player.
Some Harambee Stars players underwent tests during African Cup of Nations qualification matches while Gor Mahia players were tested during the 2018/2019 Total CAF Confederation Cup assignments.
Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) CEO Japhter Rugut has confirmed that they have received several positive reports from World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) in which one footballer is among those who tested positive for the banned substance.
“We have received a number of positive results from World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), including one from a footballer. That information is still very fresh and we cannot go public because we are still conducting our own investigations,” Rugut told the Daily Nation.
“We are at the initial review stage, and we are trying to establish whether the player administered the substance unintentionally or accidentally. Those two scenarios carry different penalties which is why it will be premature to name the player at this stage. We do not want to ruin anybody’s career.”
“Once we are done with initial review then we will notify FKF because such a player should not be active as investigations continues”, he added.
On Saturday, former 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop was slapped with a four year ban by the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for doping.