Zambia’s former African Footballer of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya, has been banned for two years by world governing body Fifa.
It follows a Fifa investigation into his links to banned Qatari official Mohammed Bin Hammam.
Fifa’s Ethics Committee said Bwalya, a Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee member, was banned for two years from “all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level”.
Fifa said in a statement it had been investigating the 54-year-old since February 2017 “focused principally on benefits that Mr Bwalya had received from Mr Bin Hammam”.
Kalusha Bwalya’s Response
In a swift reaction the ex Zambia international responded to Fifa’s decision to ban him for two years over his links with banned Qatari official Mohammed Bin Hammam following an ethics committee investigation insisting that he has done no wrong.
Bwalya tweeted that he had not done anything wrong and was going to appeal against Fifa’s decision.
- I am surprised and saddened by today’s receipt of the notification from FIFA Ethics Committee adjudication
- I have instructed my legal team to immediately appeal this decision urgently and would like to state that I am NOT guilty of any offence, which allegedly took place.
- I have never done and will never do anything to bring the beautiful game into disrepute and standby the facts provided by me to the committee.
- I unfortunately cannot provide any further details as my legal team has advised that this would jeopardize my chances of obtaining leave to appeal.
- FIFA’s decision is not final I will fight tooth and nail for justice to clear my name.
- I thank all my fans for their ongoing support.
End of statement