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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 February, 2005, 17:46 GMT
Zambia drop Milanzi
By Kennedy Gondwe
BBC Sport, Lusaka

Zambia's Harry Milanzi
Harry Milanzi has been dropped by Zambia

Zambia striker Harry Milanzi has been dropped from the national team following his recent suspended ban for failing a doping test.

Milanzi was a key member of the Chipolopolo last year but he will no longer play in the combined 2006 World Cup and Africa Nations Cup qualifiers.

The striker, who plays for South African side Golden Arrows, recently received a six month ban that was suspended after traces of cannabis were found in a urine test.

His compatriot Francis Kombe, who also plays in South Africa for Silver Stars, failed a random drugs test recently too, again testing positive for marijuana .

The Football Association of Zambia (Faz) feels the trend is worrying.

"Any player must feel the consequences and we are not going to be apologetic on this one," Faz president Teddy Mulonga Mulonga said.

"I'm sorry but if a player tests positive then they are out of our plans and will not be eligible for national team selection.

"Zambia has been a leading light and a pioneer in the fight against drugs and this will now have to be reflected in how this matter is handled."

Mulonga stressed the decision to drop the players would act as a deterrent to their team-mates.

He said the players would only be reconsidered for national duty once their cases are over.

Mulonga said Faz would work with anti-drug organisations to fight the problem among players.

The Zambian government also expressed worry at the recent incidents.

Sports Minister, the Reverend Gladys Nyirongo said she felt 'embarrassed' by the reports.

"It's a very unfortunate development because we will be disgraced to the rest of the world if the trend continues," she told reporters.

"All players should refrain from using drugs because they will end up ruining their careers."

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