Banned soccer legend and football administrator, Kalusha Bwalya

Africa footballing great, Kalusha Bwalya has been proscribed by world football governing body, FIFA after he was implicated in a bribery storm. The case involved Qatari business mogul, Mohammed bin Hammam.

Consequently, the Zambian is barred from all football-related activities for two years over accepting illegal payments from the former Asian football chief.

The 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year nominee was among a host of African football officials caught in the storm of Bin Hammam’s bribery allegations.

Investigations by FIFA expose Bwalya to be guilty of violating the ethics code by accepting improper payments. The money totals $80 000 from Bin Hammam in 2009 and 2011 for Football Association of Zambia (Faz)  and personal expenditure.

Mohammed bin Hammam accused of bribery (AFP/Getty)

Bin Hammam, vied for FIFA Presidency during Sepp Blatter’s time. That period, his country, Qatar, also solicitated for votes in the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

FIFA Statement on Bwalya ban

FIFA says in a statement:

“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has banned Kalusha Bwalya, member of the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), for two years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.

“The investigation against Mr Bwalya was opened on 28 February 2017, and focused principally on benefits that Mr Bwalya had received from Mr Bin Hammam.

“The adjudicatory chamber found Mr Bwalya guilty of having violated art. 16 (Confidentiality) and art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) of the FIFA Code of Ethics. A fine in the amount of CHF 100,000 was also imposed on Mr Bwalya.

“The decision was notified to Mr Bwalya today, and the ban comes into force immediately.”

Bwalya is a former African Footballer of the Year. An honour he was bestowed with in 1988. He is also a former president Football Association of Zambia  as well as CAF Executive Committee member.

His sanction comes after former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyatakyi was exposed in a video by undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas for taking cash in a bag as a gift payment.

Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf has also being under the spotlight after the same Anas exposed him recently. While confirming he accepted cash, he denied any wrongdoing.

 

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