October 14, 2013 / 5:02 PM / 4 years ago

Zimbabwe player banned for six months after doping

BERNE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe international Devon Chafa has been banned for six months after failing a doping test following a World Cup qualifier against Egypt in June, FIFA said on Monday.

Chafa, who plays for Harare club Dynamos, tested positive for the banned substance prednisone, a glucocorticosteroid, the world governing body said in a statement.

The 22-year-old’s ban, which includes domestic matches, was backdated to start on August 30, the day he was provisionally suspended.

Dynamos’ chairman Kenny Mubaiwa told Zimbabwean media in September that the substance might have been present in medication that Chafa took after sustaining a jaw injury in a league match.

Chafa is the fourth player to fail a doping test during the World Cup qualifying competition.

Peru’s Joel Sanchez was banned for two years, Jamaica’s Jermaine Hue for nine months and Morocco’s Hamza Abourazzouki for six months.

Meanwhile, Tahiti’s Vincent Simon was banned for six months for failing a doping test at the Confederations Cup in June.

Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by John Mehaffey

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