The South African Institute of Drug-free Sport has confirmed that an unnamed player from the Mayfair-based club has tested positive for cocaine following an appearance in an official Premier Soccer League match last season.
“At this point I am only able to confirm that a professional footballer from Orlando Pirates tested positive for cocaine after a PSL match,” SAIDS CEO Khalid Galant tells KickOff.com.
"His B-sample confirmed the result. He will be contesting the charge and the hearing date has been set down for 31 August 2016.”
Bucs football administrator Floyd Mbele has confirmed that the club received a letter requesting a player to undergo further testing following the initial doping test, but was unable to confirm the player’s name.
Similarly, Galant was also unable to reveal the identity of the player. “In compliance with our process, I am not yet able to confirm the player’s name,” he adds.
Previously, former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Lucky Maselesele received a two-year ban from SAFA, after testing positive for cocaine whilst playing for Maritzburg United in November 2008.
Earlier this year, three Algerian players received a four-year worldwide ban by football governing body FIFA, after testing positive for the same drug after turning out for USM Algers in a CAF Champions League match in August last year.