Former Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) president Jamal Malinzi has been handed a 10-year ban by FIFA for misappropriation of funds and falsifying documents which in blatant violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics
Along with the ban from all football-related activities, which comes into immediate effect, Malinzi was also fined approximately Kshs 51.6m.
Malinzi who is also a former FIFA standing committee member has been in prison in Tanzania on remand since June 2017 over claims of embezzlement and money-laundering, charges he has consistently denied.
In a statement released by BBC, the world football body says the ruling by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent ethics committee “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”.
Malinzi received approximately KSH (53.9M) over four years and KSH (5.6M) in prize money earned by Tanzania at the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations to repay alleged loans he made that “lack proper justification or explanation.”
FIFA confirmed the decision “was notified to Mr Malinzi on Friday 8 November, the date on which the ban comes into force.”