African star suspended for doping?

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An Ivory Coast player, who made his country's initial Africa Cup of Nations squad, has reportedly been suspended by FIFA for an alleged doping violation. 

Sylvain Gbohouo had been expected to be the first choice for his nation at the AFCON after being named in the West African country’s initial squad.  

However, national team coach Patrice Beaumelle received a blow to his plans when he was notified on 26 December that the shot-stopper had tested positive for trimetazidine, a heart medication that the World Anti-Doping Agency view as an illegal stimulant, according to BBC. 

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These findings ultimately led to the goalkeeper being provisionally suspended and his punishment has now been confirmed by FIFA but Gbohouo is said to have appealed against the ruling. 

"We had hope of getting a favourable response from FIFA but yesterday I learned that they were upholding their decision," Beaumelle said. 

The head coach added that the player is training alone and lost weight, along with not being able to sleep. 

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"It's been really difficult for the player," he said, per BBC. 

"He's been here since 5 January not knowing if he'll be able to play. He's not eating anymore, he's lost weight, he's not sleeping. 

"I hope he stays with us because I think he has an important role to play around the team if he can't be in the team. 

"He's a great keeper and an excellent person. It's really hard for him and his family and we are all supporting him because his career isn't finished." 

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