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FIFA extends four-year ban on Orji Okonkwo to worldwide

The four-year ban on the player is between February 25 and February 24, 2026.

• September 17, 2022
Orji Okonkwo

Former Nigeria junior international Orji Okonkwo has had his four-year ban for a doping violation by the Italian National Anti-Doping Tribunal extended worldwide by the world football governing body, FIFA.

Ademola Olajire, a spokesperson for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said FIFA’s verdict was contained in its ruling on the case for a worldwide extension of the ban, brought before it by Italian NADO.

“Chairperson of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, Jorge Ivan Palacio, affirmed that the player had been cited properly, he has had the opportunity to state his case.

“The decision has been communicated properly, the decision complies with the regulations of FIFA and extending the sanctions does not conflict with public order or with accepted standards of behaviour.

“Consequently, the Committee decided to extend the sanction imposed on the player by the Italian NADO on June 20 2022.

“More specifically, the player is sanctioned with a four-year suspension from all football-related activities in accordance with the Decision,” it said.

The four-year ban on the player is between February 25 and February 24, 2026. 


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