Former Esperance Tunis' striker Youcef Belaili
Monday Sep 21, 2015. 23:02
USM Alger star striker Youcef Belaïli has been banned for breaking doping rules, the Algerian Football Federation announced on Monday.
FAF said in a statement that the former Espérance de Tunis hitman received a two-year suspension from all competitions from the Confederation of African Football, after testing positive for an unspecified banned substance following a CAF Champions League tie between MC El Eulma and USMA on 7 August 2015.
The 23-year-old admitted to the doping offences before the Federal Medical Commission.
It is a massive blow for USM Alger, in their bid for continental glory in Africa’s foremost club competition.
Youcef Belaïli helped the ‘Red and Black’ to a first place finish on a record 15 points in their Group B of the CAF Champions League, scoring four goals and providing three assists along the way.
The Algeria champs will battle Sudanese giants Al Hilal for a spot in the final of the prestigious tournament, with the first leg of their last four clash to take place in Omdurman on Sunday 27 September.