8/10/2018 7:59:06 PM (GMT+3)

FIFA ban former Zambia football head for two years

FIFA ban former Zambia football head for two years

NEW DELHI: FIFA suspended former Zambian football federation head and ex-African footballer of the year Kalusha Bwalya for two years over allegedly accepting bribes.

But Bwalya said he was saddened to hear FIFA's ruling. 

"I'm surprised and saddened by today's hearing from the Ethics Committee. I have instructed my legal team to immediately appeal this decision," said Bwalya in a statement published on his twitter handle. 

Bwalya, 54, was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,000, 88,000 euros) in connection with "gifts and other benefits" he took from controversial Qatar's Mohammed bin Hammam, FIFA's independent ethics committee said in a statement.

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. 

FIFA's ethics watchdog began investigating him in February, 2017.