Sports News of Thursday, 13 September 2018
Team communications director Dan Kweku Yeboah has dispelled claims by World anti-doping agency (Wada) that officials of the Black Stars prevented a mandatory doping test on four players after their game against Kenya in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Saturday.
Wada have said they will make official the report implicating Ghana officials.
However, Yeboah insists Ghana officials, as well as the match commissioner, weren’t aware of any official delegation from Caf to conduct such test.
“The claims by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya that Ghana didn’t comply with the doping test in Nairobi are weird and untrue,” Yeboah told Goal.
“This is because the match commissioner told our medical team that he wasn’t aware of any contingent sent by Caf to conduct such tests. Normally, when players are to be tested, the decision is communicated to both teams during pre-match conference so that they will be prepared.
“Both teams then meet to draw lots 15 minutes to full time to randomly select four players from each side so that it wouldn’t look like a plot against anyone,” he said.
“However, this was never the case and what made it complicated was that aside the match commissioner confirming that he is not aware of their coming, those who came couldn’t also prove their identity that they were from Caf so there wasn’t the need to comply.
“At that time, Christian Atsu, Kwadwo Asamoah and others had been prepared for the test but we later cancelled that arrangement since we saw it as inappropriate to comply with people who were not working for Caf,” he added.
Ghana lost the 1-0 o Kenya.