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28/08/2013 00:00:00
by Supersport
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DYNAMOS have thrown their weight behind midfielder Devon Chafa who has been caught in the centre of a doping scandal.

Chafa has tested positive for a banned substance prednisolone following routine Fifa tests conducted in June.

Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa said the club is supporting Chafa and will continue using him unless we get a directive from Fifa or Zifa to withdraw him.

“As a club we stand firmly behind Devon and he is assured of our unwavering support during this time,” Mubaiwa said.

“We do not suspect he could have used any substance to enhance his performance or any other subversive use. He is a disciplined young man whose contribution to football has not only immensely benefited Dynamos but the national team. We expect him to feature in the BancABC Cup match this weekend.”

Since testing positive, Chafa has continued playing for the national team. Prednisolone falls under Glucocorticoid steroids which is listed as banned substances.

In a letter to Zifa from Fifa Chief Medical Officer Jiri Dvorak and Anti-Doping Manager Tanja Vogel confirmed the substance found in Chafa.

“We have been notified by WADA-accredited Doping Control Laboratory in Bloemfontein that the analysis of sample 3408632 taken during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualifying Match, Zimbabwe versus Egypt on 9 June 2013 revealed an adverse analytical finding (see enclosed laboratory report),” read part of the letter.

“The sample 3408632 has been allocated to the player Chafa Devon Taitamba. The prohibited substance found in the player’s sample is prednisolone and falls in the Class S9 (glucocorticoid steroids) of the Prohibited List Applicable regulation.”

Chafa is the first Zimbabwean footballer to test positive to a banned substance conducted by Fifa.


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