Heartland striker John Owoeri could face a two-year spell on the sidelines after he tested positive for a banned substance during this yearâ€™s CAF Champions League.
A top CAF source said that the former Feyenoord winger failed a drugs test after Heartlandâ€™s Champions League Group B match in Sousse against Tunisiaâ€™s Etoile du Sahel in August.
Owoeri single handedly wrecked TP Mazembe in another Group B tie at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri a month later as Heartland avenged a 2-0 loss they had suffered in Lubumbashi. He scored a goal, provided an assist and also struck the post against the eventual CAF Champions League winners.
However, former youth Owoeri was conspicuously missing for both the semi-finals against Kano Pillars and the finals against TP Mazembe soon after.
â€œWe still do not have the details why we were ordered by CAF not to use the player any longer,â€ Heartland team manager, Emeka Iwuagwu, said.
â€œThe CAF disciplinary committee will sit in Abuja today (Monday) and both my chairman and Owoeri will appear before them.â€
Heartland lost this yearâ€™s CAF Champions League trophy on the away goals rule after they tied Mazembe 2-2 on aggregate. They won the first final 2-1 in Owerri before they lost the return fixture through an own goal scored by skipper Victor Ezurike at the Kenya Stadium in Lubumbashi.