Thandani Ntshumayelo free to resume football career
Posted: 11 September 2018 Time: 14:32
Former Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo has received a timely boost in his bid to return to football.
Ntshumayelo had been handed a four-year ban from football in September 2016 after testing positive for cocaine during a routine drug test conducted after an Absa Premiership match towards the end of the 2015/16 season.
The 28-year-old was immediately released by his then-club Pirates and has been trying to pick up the pieces in his life ever since.
After speaking out about his struggles on various media platforms, including in an exclusive interview in KICK OFF Magazine (Issue 493), earlier this year ‘Bibo’ pleaded for an early return to the beautiful game.
It just so happened that the Matsatsantsa academy graduate had his plea taken up by Johannesburg-based lawyer Mpho Sethaba of Fluxmans Attorneys, who has been successful in his appeal to have the ban reduced.
The South African Institute for Drug-free Sports CEO Khalid Galant has since confirmed that Ntshumayelo has been granted amnesty and is free to recommence his professional career.
“Mr Ntshumayelo’s four-year ban for a doping offence (cocaine) has been reduced to two years upon appeal,” Galant confirms to KickOff.com.
“He applied for condonation for his appeal to be heard as he was way beyond the deadline to file an appeal. SAIDS did not oppose the player’s application for the appeal.
“Mr Ntshumayelo has already served the two years of the initial four-year ban and is now free to compete and return to playing football competitively.”
With Ntshumayelo having had his contract terminated in 2016, he is thus a free agent and is eligible to join a club of his choice despite the transfer window having closed last month.