Random doping tests for PSL players

In a bid to clean up sport from drugs the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League will this season introduce random doping tests for players in the top flight.

There has been no dope tests since professional football was introduced in the country and the situation has remained the same with the advent of the Premier Soccer League.

League sponsors Castle Lager in conjunction with Fidelity Life Assurance are spearheading this initiative which already exists in other African leagues such as South Africa’s Absa Premier Soccer League.

Speaking on the sidelines of a workshop to educate clubs on doping issues, former Warriors team doctor Edward Chagonda, who is a Fifa doping control officer, confirmed the development saying funds have already been set aside and they are targeting at least 10 matches this season.

“What we are talking about is doping. We have been talking about this subject for some time now and we know it has never really been conducted in sport in Zimbabwe. “So when we presented a paper as a committee to the PSL, they approved us to do doping controls in this country.

“Before we start doing it, there must be proper education and as a preamble they facilitated this workshop where we sit down with all the PSL doctors and interact on the topic. “We have got a very good response from more than 16 teams, doctors and physiotherapists, the ambulances also came. 

“It was also our wish to have administrators available that they understand what it takes for someone to be a doctor sitting there with the team. "We are not just looking at the player on the field but we are also looking at the player off the field of play.”

Chagonda, who is also a Fifa and Caf medical Instructor continued: “We want to educate the doctors first who are dealing with the players.  “We are going to extend this through our various forums to inform doctors that there are certain substances which are banned and which will be detrimental to the health of the players.

“So we are going to educate the PSL doctors and other doctors who will be in interface with the players so that they understand what it means when these players are professionals.”

In 2013, Devon Chafa was banned by Fifa for six months after he tested positive for a banned substance during Zimbabwe’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Egypt at the National Sports Stadium.
The midfielder tested positive for prednisone — a substance included on WADA’s 2013 Prohibited List under the class ‘S9.
Chafa consumed the drug unknowingly after he took some medicine containing prednisone.

Before we start doing it, there must be proper education and as a preamble they facilitated this workshop where we sit down with all the PSL doctors and interact on the topic.
Devon Chafa was banned by Fifa for six months after he tested positive for a banned substance in 2013.

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