IVORY COAST goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo has been banned by Fifa for alleged doping offenses.
The 33-year-old was included in his national team roster for the Africa Cup of Nations despite a temporary suspension before the tournament.
The button tested positive for trimetazidine, a heart drug classified as a stimulant by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Ivory Coast hopes the ban will be lifted after explaining to officials that Gbohouo had been prescribed a drug to treat an eye infection.
But now they won’t have a first choice backstop after Fifa confirmed the suspension.
Elephants trainer Patrice Beaumelle revealed the stress caused by the problem kept Gbohouo from sleeping or eating normally.
He said: ‘It’s really tough for the players. He’s been here since January 5 and doesn’t know if he’ll be able to play.
“He doesn’t eat anymore, loses weight, doesn’t sleep.
“I hope he stays with us, because I think he has an important role in the team if he can’t be in the team.
“He is a great goalkeeper and an excellent person. It’s been really hard for him and his family and we’re all supporting him because his career isn’t over yet.”
Fifa has told the Ivorian that the suspension is confirmed and has given him 20 days to file a formal appeal.
Ivory Coast is said to be appealing the ban.
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8193164/ivory-coast-keeper-sylvain-gbohouo-alleged-doping/ Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo was BANNED by Fifa for alleged doping and was unable to eat or sleep due to stress ahead of the verdict