Football Midfielder tests positive for banned stimulant

Cape Town, 13 January 2014 – The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) announced today that 34-year-old football player Josta Dladla tested positive for the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine.

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, Dladla was tested at a Premier Soccer League match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on 26 October 2013. According to the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport this is the first positive out of 184 tests conducted from January 2013 to December 2013 in the domestic football league.

“The use of the banned stimulant, Methylhexaneamine, has become a popular doping product across sporting codes and been the source of numerous doping offences over the past two years.  While doping activity in the domestic football arena appears to be fairly quiet, we are regarding this recent football positive for Methylhexaneamine with caution with the hope that it is not a growing trend in football,” explains SAIDS CEO, Khalid Galant.

According to Galant, the Institute is taking further action in 2014 and implementing a proactive, anti-doping education program targeted at professional and youth football players on the dangers of doping and the risks associated with sports supplements use.  The anti-doping education program is funded by the 2010 FIFA Legacy Trust.

“We’re hoping with this current doping offence that the football authorities take a more collaborative stance on combating doping in football and support our initiatives,” Galant concludes.