By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, Cameroon

Former Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF) President Jamal Malinzi has been handed a 10-year ban from all football activities, by the world football governing body, FIFA, for misappropriation of funds and falsifying documents.

The 10-year ban from all footballing activities takes effect immediately and Malinzi was also fined 503,000 USD.

Malinzi has been in Prison in Tanzania for over two years for claims of money-laundering and embezzlement, though he has always denied the charges.

According to FIFA statement, Jamal Malinzi has been found “guilty of haven misappropriated FIFA funds and falsified an official document, in violation of the FIFA code of Ethics.”

According to FIFA, the ruling by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent ethics committee “was related was related to the misappropriation of FIFA Financial Assistance Programme funds, as well as other CAF and TFF funds, in the period between 2013 and 2017, and the forgery of a TFF Executive Committee resolution.”

The world football governing body has confirmed that the decision “was notified to Mr Malinzi on 8 November 2019, the date on which the ban comes into force.”

Mr Malinzi was found guilty of receiving $528,000 over a period of four years and $55,000 in prize money earned by Tanzanian at the 2017 U-17 AFCON, to repay alleged loans he made but failed to provide justifications to his explanation.


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