André Onana had a migraine. He had arrived in the little hours on a trip back from Bergamo where Ajax had drawn 2-2 with Atalanta and didn’t rest a lot. At the point when he woke, his head actually hurt. Preparing wasn’t so much for a couple of hours, so as opposed to delaying until he showed up at De Toekomst, Ajax’s preparation base, he took a paracetamol from the medication enclose the kitchen and continued ahead with it. Later the meeting he was called to another normal medications test, his third in seven days. He barely cared about it. Not then, at that point, in any case. He could be excused for considering nothing else since.
“Football is certainly not a round of humankind,” Onana says. He has been talking for more than an hour and it is the main thing he says in English. He talks without drama or malignity and with a nobility – an acknowledgment, even – that is perplexing. It is likewise halfway polished; an activity in exigency, in restraint and endurance. It was October 2020 and it might have been the end. After two days the examination showed up, the goalkeeper informed when he was with Cameroon: he had tried positive, one of not very many footballers viewed as at fault for doping.An global at 20, an Europa League finalist at 21, a Champions League semi-finalist at 23, head of a splendid youthful Ajax group on course for the title, presently an enormously encouraging profession appeared to be on the edge of breakdown. He was 24.
It didn’t appear to be legit. Ajax’s CEO, Edwin van der Sar, said the penny dropped when they went to Onana’s home and glanced through the case: “Then, at that point, we comprehended.” Instead of Litacold, he had coincidentally taken Lasimac, a Furosemide-based diuretic. Endorsed to his significant other in the wake of conceiving an offspring, Furosemide is a restricted substance. The rankle packs appeared to be identical, the pills did as well – minimal white circles, scarcely 6mm in width. The smallest thing, the greatest effect. “It’s amazing: 40mg can obliterate a profession,” he says.
That is Onana’s rendition, and it is one Uefa acknowledged. They closed there had been no endeavor to cheat except for prohibited him anyway, beginning in February this year. “I’m simply a number,” he says. “They can’t bargain one case at a time case. I figure they ought to however there are rules and the principles are the standards. The specialists said [Furosemide] is for water-maintenance and doesn’t help you. They remembered it was a real error yet you’re liable for everything in your body. Assuming I purchase a container of water that ends up being defiled, it’s my obligation. On the off chance that you unintentionally kill somebody driving, the law says … ” But you didn’t kill anybody, I call attention to. “Better believe it, yet you must be cautious,” Onana answers. “There’s a ‘minster’, and he rebuffs you. It’s a human error.””Look, a couple of days prior something occurred,” Onana adds, referring to the botched Champions League draw. “Indeed, even the greatest commit errors.” There’s a grin yet assuming there’s a compulsion to attack Uefa he never capitulates, despite the fact that a year implied missing “association, Champions League, cup, Super Cup, an Africa Nations at home”. A vocation wrecked.
In June, the court of discretion for sport found “no huge shortcoming” and decreased Onana’s sentence to nine months, yet the effect is felt longer. It isn’t only the games, or even only the football: there is something brutal, practically malicious with regards to it, the player as non-individual, secluded and alone, the game continuing without him. They don’t call, let you know they’ll stand by, that there is a spot when you get back? “No,” Onana says. “Dislike that. At the point when you’re prohibited you can’t step foot on the [club’s training] pitch, can’t go into the changing area. We [Ajax] were association champions. I had played 60% of the games and I wasn’t permitted to praise it. A few things in life don’t rely upon you and you simply must be sober minded.