FIFA bans Tanzania’s Malinzi for 10 years for misappropriating funds

November 11 – Yet another African footballing figure has found himself out guilty of corruption and kicked out, with former Tanzanian FA chief Jamal Emil Malinzi banned for 10 years by FIFA.

FIFA said Malinzi, a former FIFA standing committee member, was found guilty of having misappropriated FIFA funds and falsified an official document.

The investigation into Malinzi was for the period 2013 to 2017 and also related to funds of his confederation and national FA. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 500,000 has been imposed on him.

Last summer, defending himself in a Tanzanian court two years after being arrested and accused of various offences including embezzlment, the former TFF boss pleaded his innocence.

He denied any wrongdoing saying that between 2014 and 2016 when he was in charge of the federation, he simply provided loans to TFF to help it run smoothly.

“I am a TFF family [member], and as a leader, I donated this money for various programmes unconditionally,” Jamal was quoted as saying, suggesting loaning the federation money was a common practice which dated back to 1960 in his country and that nobody had been prosecuted for it.

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