Fifa ban Caf Exco member Kalusha Bwalya for two years for breaching ethics code

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The former Football Association of Zambia (Faz) president was implicated in a bribery storm involving Qatari business mogul Mohammed bin Hammam

Fifa have banned Caf executive committee member Kalusha Bwalya from all football-related activities for two years over accepting illegal payments from former Asian football chief Mohammed bin Hammam.

Bwalya was among a host of African football officials caught in the storm of Bin Hammam’s bribery allegations.

Fifa investigations found Bwalya guilty of violating the ethics code by accepting improper payments totaling $80 000 from Bin Hammam in 2009 and 2011 for Faz and personal expenditure.

The Qatari business mogul then intended to challenge Sepp Blatter for Fifa presidency as his country also solicitated for votes in the bid to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

“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,” said Fifa in a statement.

“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.

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

The 1988 African Footballer of the Year becomes the second Caf executive committee member to fall inside two months.

His ban comes after former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyatakyi was exposed in a video by an undercover journalist taking cash in a bag as a gift payment, leading to his subesquent ban by Fifa.