By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
World Football governing body, FIFA has turned down Ivory Coast’s request to have a doping ban imposed on its national team goalkeeper, Slyvain Gbohou lifted by the organ.
The Ivorian Football Federation-FIF in a release on Tuesday January 11, 2022 announced FIFA rejected the organ’s demand to have the ban on the 2015 AFCON Best Goalkeeper cancelled, saying FIFA considered the appeal as invalid.
“FIFA Disciplinary Committee maintained its decision on the temporal suspension of our national team goalkeeper Gbohou Slyvain” FIF said Tuesday.
The FA however declared it will continue its pursuit to have the ban lifted by the world soccer governing body, FIFA.
“FIF demanded an additional 20 days to provide supplementary evidence to prove the player’s innocence.” The organ stated.
“We had hopes of receiving a favorable response from FIFA but last night, I learned FIFA rejected our appeal and gave us 20 days maximum to protest the decision and summit more evidences.” The Elephants lead trainer Patrice Beaumelle added.
The move by FIF entails the Ivory Coast first choice keeper will be a greater fraction of the current soccer showpiece in Cameroon.
The team’s Head Coach, Patrice Beaumelle in a pre-match press conference on Tuesday January 11, 2022 however insisted the team is happy having the 34-year-old keeper around despite impossibilities to officially integrate the AFCON 2015 Goalkeeper of the tournament in the nation’s full AFCON 2021 squad.
“Gbohou will stay around the team because he has a great role to play even though he is not part of the team. He has an individual hotel and trains alone. He is an excellent goalkeeper.” The French tactician said in a pre-match presser in Douala on Tuesday.
Slyvain Gbohou was banned by FIFA on December 26, 2021 for alleged doping. FIFA accused the player of failing a doping test conducting in November last year.
The situation at hand entails Ivory Coast will compete during the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon with one seat in keepers including South Africa based Badra Ali Sangare of JDR South Africa and Ira Tape of FC San Pedro in Ivory Coast who were both part of Ivory Coast AFCON 2019 squad in Egypt.
The team’s lead trainer, Patrice Beaumelle will also have the option to select Abdul Cisse of Ivorian Ligue 1 giants, ASEC Mimosas of Abidjan.
Ivory Coast is competing in Group E of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon where they will clash with defending champions Algeria, returnees Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea.
The team will battle out with 2015 semifinalists, the Nzalang Nationals of Equatorial Guinea in its opening game of the tournament at the Japoma Stadium in Douala on Wednesday January 12, 2022.
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