Johannesburg - An investigation by SuperSport.com has uncovered that a top Lamontville Golden Arrows midfielder is likely to be suspended from football after allegedly failing a randon doping test on November 28 when the Durban side played Platinum Stars in an Absa Premiership match.
And whether it is coincidental or a precautionary measure by Arrows, Philani Shange has already missed a couple of the KwaZulu-Natal team’s matches in recent weeks but clearly the PSL has not yet been notified about the player’s transgressions.
SuperSport.com contacted the PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu seeking clarity on the matter, but he explained the procedure governing doping and explained that due to the fact that the South African Football Association (SAFA) was an affiliate of the World Anti Doping Agency, the mother body would be the first to be notified about test results pertaining to any player.
“The matter is between the Doping agency and SAFA,” said Majavu.
“What transpires is that once a player has undergone a doping test, the results are sent to the national association and the player has the right to demand a second test that is commonly known as “B” sample. “And once that has been done, the national association will notify us that player X is suspended pending a disciplinary hearing.
We are then tasked with notifying the player’s club and it is incumbent upon us to instruct the club not to field the player until further notice.
“In the end of the SAFA DC hearing and should the player be found guilty of failing both sample “A” and “B” they tell us what kind of sanctions must be applied and we notify his club accordingly.”
Majavu said at this stage, he has not yet been informed by his counterpart from the national association regarding any development in that regard. But once that information has been forwarded to his office, he will act swiftly to notify the club to suspend the player.
SAFA CEO Leslie Sedibe confirmed that he has received information that a PSL player has failed a doping test, notification will be dispatched without delay to his club. But due to the fact that the PSL is still in the festive season break, when the league resumes next week, the club shall hopefully have received notification about the player's status.
And as a practicing attorney, Sedibe explained that he could not disclose the identity of the player until after the club and the player had been notified and the said player had appeared before a SAFA disciplinary committee to answer to the charges leveled against him.
"I cannot divulge the player's identity for obvious reasons, but if you know the player and you also know his club, then you are free to approach them and seek their comments," added Sedibe.
SuperSport.com approched the player directly and asked him the results of the said doping test during the match against Platinum Stars.
“I can confirm that I underwent a doping test in a match against Platinum Stars,” said Shange. “But I do not know the results yet. And please speak to the Arrows management about the matter as I am not permitted to speak about the issue.
Arrows travel to Cape Town to face Santos in their next game after the festive break next week Friday.