FIFA Suspends Zambian Legend, Kalusha Bwalya over Bribery Allegations

FIFA has suspended the former head of the Zambian football federation and former African footballer of the year, Kalusha Bwalya, for two years for allegedly accepting bribes.

Bwalya, 54, was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,000, 88,000 euros) in connection with “gifts and other benefits” he took from Qatari businessman Mohammed Bin Hammam, FIFA’s independent ethics committee said in a statement.

Bin Hammam, a wealthy former football executive, was banned from the sport for life over corruption after being accused of trying to buy votes when he ran for FIFA’s presidency against Sepp Blatter in 2011.

A gifted left-sided attacker, Bwalya starred for PSV Eindhoven and was named African footballer of the year in 1988.

He was elected as chief of the Zambian federation in 2008 and replaced in 2016 by Andrew Kamanga.

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