Ajax Stars Back Goalkeeper Following 12-month Ban For Doping

The players of Ajax Football Club have weighed in their support for their fellow teammate and first-team goalkeeper Andre Onana after he was banned for 12 months following test results that revealed the goalkeeper was using performance-enhancing drugs. The goalkeeper’s teammates all put on jerseys that have the Cameroonian’s name on the back.

Ajax have also confirmed that they will be appealing the ban that will so far last for a whole year which will see Onana stay away from anything football-related. In October last year, the goalie took a test and it was discovered that his urine contained Furosemide – a substance that all footballers are banned from taking.

According to Ajax, however, the substance was not taken deliberately for performance enhancement. The statement released by the club claimed that the goalkeeper was down with a minor illness and decided to use his wife’s medicine without knowing that the offending substance was contained in the dosage.

And following the decision, Onana’s teammates have all stood up for him and have poured in their support as well. Ahead of Ajax’s game against PSV Eindhoven which will be played this week, the players wore jerseys that have “Onana 24” on the back and front as they completed their warm-up sessions.

Onana was present as he watched Ajax secure a 2-1 in their KNVB Cup quarter-final game but could not help his team as he watched on from the stands. New summer signing Sebastián Haller was the scorer of Ajax’s goals as Ajax completed the win.

Onana is currently banned from even training with his teammates and has been told to not get involved in any football competition. However, with Ajax appealing the ban, he could well be pardoned and have his ban reduced.

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