Ntshumayelo was banned from football for four years for testing positive for cocaine‚ and his contract has been terminated at Pirates.
The Sowetan reported that his agent Tim Sukazi described the player as distraught and will be launching an appeal to reduce the ban which the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids) imposed on him last Friday, describing the sentence as ‘excessive’.
Ntshumayelo took the drug while partying with friends earlier this year. He was then randomly chosen to do a test after Pirates’ game against Platinum Stars in January, returning a positive result which saw him banished from the match-day squad for several months. He last played in March.
“It was a costly mistake by him,” Sukazi said. “He says he was lured into this thing by friends at a party, but now he has to live with this forever.”