PSL : Orlando Pirates’ Ntshumayelo gets four-year ban for cocaine
Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo has been banned from football for four years after testing positive for cocaine.
According to Power FM, an SA Institute for Drug Free Sport statement said that Ntshumayelo “confessed evidence that he did take three lines of cocaine at a party and that he was influenced by friends to take cocaine and as a result committed a mistake”.
The player admitted to taking the substance at a party after their 1-1 draw against Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in a league clash on January 9th this year. According to SADFS, Ntshumayelo says he was influenced by friends to take the banned substance.
“The athlete did confess evidence that he did take three lines of cocaine at a party and that he was influenced by friends to take cocaine and as a result committed a mistake,” the South African Institute of Drug-free Sport said in a statement.
“The athlete further confessed that he did take the substance three days prior to the date he was tested. The athlete further testified that he took the substance knowing that it was cocaine and that it was a banned substance,” the statement further read.
The organization’s CEO Khalid Galant says ‘Bibo’ can appeal the decision handed down to him. Though the appeal can only be heard if they are valid for the appeal board to put an appeal together against the four-year sentence.
“The verdict was handed down and the player has the right to appeal within a period after he received the decision.
“The decision was sent to the lawyer at the beginning of last week so the clock ticks on the time that they have. The appeal will be heard if there are valid grounds that an appeal board can be put together to hear the appeal against the 4-year sentence,” Galant said.
He has 21 days to appeal the sentence, from the day it was handed down, which was Tuesday.