Blow for Senegal As Keita Balde Set to Miss the 2022 World Cup After Anti-doping Test Violation

Blow for Senegal As Keita Balde Set to Miss the 2022 World Cup After Anti-doping Test Violation

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:12 PM
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  • Senegal striker Keita Balde has been suspended from football for three months and is set to miss the World Cup
  • Balde was found to have violated protocols regarding anti-doping tests, an incident which occurred on April 3rd
  • The former Inter Milan man is currently plying his trade for Russian side Spartak Moscow

Senegal's national football team have been dealt a blow as forward Keita Balde may miss the upcoming World Cup in Qatar after being suspended for three months.

The forward was banned following an anti-doping test violation that occurred In April and will now sit out for three months meaning he won't be available for Senegal's World Cup campaign.

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Keita Balde set to miss the World Cup for Senegal. Photos by Visionhaus and Marcio Machado.
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Keita Balde suspended

Spartak Moscow striker Keita Balde will have to sit out for three months after he was found to have broken the anti-doping test protocols in April according to Goal.

The violation occurred on April 3rd this year after his former team's 5-1 defeat at the hands of Udinese in Serie A. Although no performance enhancement substances were found in his body, the striker is nevertheless liable for punishment.

With that news, the former Lazio and Inter Milan player will have to endure 90 days without football action as he serves his ban which will end on December 5th.

Moreover, it remains to be seen if Lions of Teranga boss Aliou Cisse will call Balde to his team which is one of five teams that will represent the African continent in Qatar.

The Senegal international has made just one appearance for the Russian side, He was unveiled with a hilarious Tweet which made fun of Barcelona's financial struggles last month.

Balde has played 40 times for Senegal and was part of the team that won the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Senegal stars slow start to the season

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on top Senegal stars sluggish start to the season for their respective3 clubs in Europe.

The likes of Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy have been underwhelming for Bayern Munich, and Chelsea respectively.

However, these players, who were key in Senegal's AFCON win, are hoping to pick up some steam in the run-up to the biggest football competition.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.