ACC yet to decide whether to rely on FIFA verdict against Kalusha

Anti Corruption Commission of Zambia (ACC) says the commission will have to examine the status of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) verdict that banned Kalusha Bwalya from participating in any sports activities at both national and international level.

In December 2015, the Anti-Corruption Commission summoned and interrogated then Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Bwalya over allegations of corruption at Football House.

ACC had earlier made an announcement that it had taken interest in the bribery allegation against the 1988 African Footballer of the Year.

In 2014 Bwalya was named among 30 African administrators who allegedly received illegal payments from Asian football official Bin Hammam to support the controversial awarding of the FIFA 2022 World Cup hosting bid.

Bwalya is alleged to have received US$80,000 from which US$50,000 was paid into his personal account in 2009, while a further payment of the US$30,000 was made two years later.

Last week on Thursday, the Adjudicatory Chamber of Independent Ethics Committee found Bwalya guilty and banned the member of the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for two years from all football-related activities.

Asked about the next step that ACC would take, Commission public relations manager Timothy Moono said it was too early to disclose whether the commission would continue with local investigation on the former Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president or rely on the FIFA findings.

“I will only be in the position to disclose whether the commission will rely on the verdict that FIFA shared or not later this week. It is too soon right now . The commission will first examine the status of the verdict before stating our position on the matter,” said Moono.

         

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