Kalusha Bwalya is also well known in South Africa as a SuperSport television presenter.
He is also the former president of the Football Association of Zambia (Faz). On Friday it was revealed that Fifa banned Bwalya from all football-related activities for two years over accepting illegal payments from former Asian football chief Mohammed bin Hammam.
Here's how Bwalya responded with a statement on Twitter, and how African football fans responded.
This FIFA Ethics Committee is becoming law unto itself.
Now it has banned legend Kalusha Bwalya for 2 yrs from all football-related activities for allegedly receiving benefits from Bin Hammam. — Dominic Chimhavi (@DChimhavi) August 10, 2018
This Kalusha Bwalya ban in relation to Qatar 2022 bribes may be a whole Pandora box that could bring a lot of men down. FIFA is shaking a very very shaky table in Africa — Saddick Adams Obama (@SaddickAdams) August 10, 2018
Thank everyone for your messages. Today is another day. Let’s move on. God bless — Kalusha Bwalya (@KalushaPBwalya) August 11, 2018
Kalusha Bwalya sent me into the doldrums after asking him whether he accepted a bribe after the revelations in the Panama papers.— T'Chabala #AporLaDecimocuarto (@LennyJr10) August 10, 2018
Today he has been banned for two years from all football related activities. I was onto something! pic.twitter.com/9ESLrddRLs
Bwalya statement carries on: 3. "I have never done & will never do anything to bring the beautiful game into disrepute & stand by the facts provided by me to the committee. @SunSportSA — Mathews_mpete (@MathewsMpete) August 10, 2018
Kalusha Bwalya will appeal his ban from football activities by Fifa. In a statement, Bwalya states: "I'm surprised and saddened by... notification from FIFA Ethics Committee adjudication. @SunSportSA — Mathews_mpete (@MathewsMpete) August 10, 2018