Cape Town - After two years on the sidelines due to
a positive test for cocaine, Thandani 'Bibo' Ntshumayelo has successfully appealed against his four-year ban.
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Ntshumayelo was handed the suspension by the South African Institute
for Drug Free Sport following his positive test in 2016, at which time
he was playing for Orlando Pirates.
However, his attorney, Mpho Sethaba from Fluxmans Attorneys, has
confirmed that the 28-year-old midfielder will now have the chance to
find a new club and get back in the game after reducing his sanction to
two years, which he has already served.
"Thandani was found guilty of an anti-doping violation in August 2016
and a four-year sanction was imposed. Thandani was recently given an
opportunity to appeal the sanction and did so in July 2018. The appeal
was filed on the basis that the appropriate sanction should have been
two years," Sethaba told Soccer Laduma.
"The appeal panel has found in favour of Thandani and reduced his
sanction to two years. The effect of the ruling by the appeal panel is
that Thandani can immediately return to football as he has served a
period in excess of two years."