August 10, 2020
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Ba skipper suspended after failing drug test

Ba Captain Saula Waqa has been suspended from all levels of football for the next three years after failing the drug test on the opening day of the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants in Lautoka.

Waqa has also been fined $500.

Ba Football Association has also been fined the same amount.

Fiji Football Association chief executive Mohammed Yusuf officially named the player after delivering his suspension letter today.

He said they tested a total of 72 players in the last three days and only one player tested positive.

Yusuf also mentioned that they conducted 8 tests specifically for hard drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine.

"The test for hard drugs is quite expensive but we are doing all we can to eliminate drugs from the sport of football. Each test costs around $400."

"While there is only positive case so far, we want to plead to all districts and players to help us wipe out drug abuse from football. Districts will be fined with players who are tested positive and I want to thank all the players and districts that have been working very closely with us so far in the campaign to say no to drug use."

By Reginald Chandar


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