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The former Sarawak coach and Asian Football Confederation instructor has been hauled to court to face corruption charges.

   By Khalis Rifhan

Former S.League coach Kunju Jamaludeen is facing nine charges of corruption for allegedly accepting bribes amounting to more than $35,500 during an AFC 'C' License course.

He is alleged to have committed the offence between February and June last year during his tenure as a coach with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and was brought to the courts on 26 June 2011

It was reported in the Malay newspaper Berita Harian that Jamaludeen was present at the Subordinate Courts for the hearing on October 4.

According to the charge sheet, four out of the nine charges involved Jamaludeen accepting bribe in the form of ‘loan’ from four individuals. In return, Jamaludeen was said to have assisted the four during the AFC ‘C’ license coaching course in 2011.

Jamaludeen was previously an assistant coach with Gombak United and was in charge of its Prime League squad in 2009. He was also the technical director of Singapore Soccer Academy.

Prior to the appointment, Jamaludeen was the head coach of Sarawak FA in the Malaysian League. During his short stint as the ‘Crocs’ coach, two of his players were suspended for suspicion of fixing a match.

If found guilty Jamaludeen could be fined up to $100,000, jailed a maximum of five years, or both.

The hearing will resume on October 18, 2012 at the subordinate court.