An Orlando Pirates player has been charged after he tested positive for cocaine in a recent routine drug test.
On Wednesday, the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) confirmed that the player’s drug test did turn positive.
News making rounds in town had it that the test was conducted at the end of Absa Premiership (PSL) game towards the end of last season.
Though the player is yet to be named, reports said the player has however contested the charge.
The player is expected to be named after the charged is heard on August 31.
Orlando Pirates Issue Statement
Meanwhile, Pirates have released a statement notifying the public that the club will look into the matter.
The statement reads:
“Following the announcement by SAIDS (South African Institute of Drug Free Sports) that one of our players has failed a doping test; the Club hereby confirms that it has been made aware and is looking into the matter.
At this point it is important that the due process in terms of the player appearing before the disciplinary committee of SAIDS is respected; and that the Club in its endeavour to get to the bottom of this; will conduct its own investigation.
The Club, as a policy, is against any use of banned substances whether for performance enhancement or recreational use.
We humbly request that the Media kindly give this process the space that it deserves; and the Club will await the outcome of the hearing and deal with the matter in terms of the Club Policy Handbook.”
Previously, former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder; Lucky Maselesele, received a two-year ban from SAFA after testing positive for cocaine whilst playing for Maritzburg United in November 2008.
Earlier this year, FIFA handed down a four-year worldwide ban to three Algerian players for testing positive for the same drug after turning out for USM Algers in a CAF Champions League match in August last year.