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Keita Balde: Senegal support winger as doping ban hits World Cup hopes

By Amanda Caroline  •  September 20, 2022  •  18

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse and many of his squad have been rallying round Keita Balde after it was announced the winger could miss the World Cup because of an anti-doping violation.

Balde, who now plays for Spartak Moscow in Russia, has been suspended for 90 days by Italy's anti-doping body for protocol transgressions when taking a test in April.

The test, which showed no signs of banned substances, came after his former Italian side Cagliari lost 5-1 at Udinese.

"Keita Balde has been in contact with many team-mates from the Senegalese national team and with coach Cisse himself," a source close to the player told BBC Sport Africa

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