Banned Bwalya is back: CAF reinstate Zambian at Africa’s top table

February 22- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has re-instated former Zambian president Kalusha Bwalya (pictured) to its executive committee after his two-year ban from all football  was reduced on appeal by FIFA and thus covered the period already served.

Back in August, Bwalya was banned following an investigation into his links with disgraced ex-Asian football boss Mohammed Bin Hammam and fined CHF100,000.

The probe, which began in February 2017, was “focused principally on benefits that Mr Bwalya had received from Mr Bin Hammam.”

Bin Hammam was president of the Asian Football Confederation and a member of the FIFA executive committee when he allegedly paid the Zambian in his bid to oust Sepp Blatter. The Qatari was later banned for life.

Following his own ban, Bwalya, African Player of the Year in 1988 and later coach of the Zambia national team and then president of the Zambian Football Association, said he would fight “tooth and nail” to clear his name.

Bwalya has now received a letter from CAF confirming his re-instatement.

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