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Furbert can play after drug test is negative

  • Furbert, North Village’s former Dandy Town player, will be allowed to continue his international career (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)

Azende Furbert, the North Village and Bermuda Under-20 player, has been allowed to continue his international career.

The promising defender had been included in the Bermuda squad for the Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Costa Rica last month, but was omitted after initially failing a mandatory drugs test.

He was tested on February 10, 2017 at the Bermuda Sports Anti Doping Association for illicit drugs and his urine sample screened positive for cannabis and was subsequently sent to the government laboratory for confirmation.

However, upon further analysis, the laboratory reported that the sample returned a negative result.

The Bermuda Football Association has since been advised by BSADA that no sanction will be levied against Furbert, who has been training this week with a Bermuda Select XI that will face the New York Cosmos in an exhibition match at the National Stadium on Sunday.

Mark Wade, the BFA president, said: “As far as the BSADA testing or anything like that we don’t comment on that.

“We’re just happy to have the Cosmos come to Bermuda and we’re looking forward to players participating and getting the opportunity.”

Bermuda bowed out of the Concacaf Under-20 Championship at the group stage.

They made a promising start to the tournament after holding Trinidad and Tobago to a draw at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá in San José, the Costa Rican capital, before back-to-back defeats against El Salvador and the host nation at the Estadio Nacional dashed Bermuda’s hopes of reaching the next round.

The United States were crowned Concacaf Under-20 champions for the first time after beating Honduras 5-3 on penalties in the final at the Estadio Nacional.

The US, Honduras, Mexico and Costa Rica will represent the Concacaf region at the Under-20 World Cup to be held in South Korea from May 20 to June 11.