Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has moved to curb possible existence of drug abuse by players in the league.
NPFL Chairman, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye said random dope tests would be conducted in the weeks ahead following the acquisition of testing kits from the United Kingdom.
Elegbeleye was in Port Harcourt to lend support to Rivers United in their CAF Confederation Cup qualifier against Etoile Filante, alongside Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
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“We are committed to join the NFF, CAF, FIFA and the global campaign for eradication of illicit substance use in sports and this will commence soon with random tests of our players”, Elegbeleye told npfl.com.ng after the last gasp win by Rivers United to reach the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.
“We are poised to arrest and stamp out illicit drugs use in the league where it exists and we plan to collaborate with relevant government agencies to launch an enlightenment campaign which will include displays on our matchday stadium boards and media channels.”
There’s already an ongoing training of personnel on the use of the kits, so the players have the next two weeks to detoxify themselves to get rid of any illicit substance in their system as those who fail the tests will be subjected to full applicable sanctions .