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Fifa bans former African footballer of the year

BANNED: Kalusha Bwalya

FOOTBALL'S GOVERNING body, Fifa, has banned Zambia's former African Footballer of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya, for two years.

According to BBC Sport, its decision follows an investigation into his links to banned Qatari official Mohammed Bin Hammam.

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".

From the investigation, they found that Bwalya had accepted a gift violating Fifa's code of ethics.

However, Bwalya said in a statement that he is "not guilty of any offence" and vowed to fight "tooth and nail" to clear his name.

"I have never done and will never do anything to bring the beautiful game into disrepute," he added.

Fifa's ethics committee said the ban was from "all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level".

Bwalya, a former president of the Football Association of Zambia, is a Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee member.

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