The Confederation of African Football (CAF) through its Appeals Committee has reduced the one-year ban imposed on Enyimba captain Austin Oladapo by half.
Oladapo, 26, was handed a 12-month sentence in July after his sample showed traits of banned drug prednisolone in a test conducted after a CAF Confederation Cup game in May.
The midfielder maintained that any trace of the substance found in his sample would have been from the anti-Covid19 medications he took at the time, a position held by his club Enyimba FC.
In a communication to the club after their successful appeal, CAF stated that the length of the ban which was meant to last till July 5, 2022, has now been halved.
“The Board has decided to reduce the sanction of player Oladapo Augustine from one year to six (6) months. Therefore the player Oladapo Augustine is suspended from taking part in any football related activities until 4th January 2022,” confirmed Enyimba on the club’s official website on Wednesday.
Oladapo and his Enyimba teammates have since been camping in Omoku, Rivers State with new boss Finidi George ahead of the next NPFL season
Enyimba will start their season in mid-October in the Total Energies CAF Confederation Cup with the first leg of their clash with Senegalese side Diambars on the weekend of October 15.