Fifa Extends Finnish Match Fixers Ban
The nine Zambian players involved in the 2011 Finnish match fixing scandal hopes of further reprieve have been hit after Fifa extending its ban to worldwide until April 2013.
Fifa said in a statement that the two year ban from the Finland Football Federation was binding in all football motherbodys’ member states.
“In its fight against match-fixing and its determination to protect the foundation of sport and fair play, FIFA has taken another important decision. The Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee extended sanctions imposed by the Disciplinary Committee of the Finland Football Federation on six players as to have worldwide effect. On 3 April 2012, the Finland Football Federation banned the players Godfrey Chibanga, Chileshe Chibwe, Steven Kunda, Christopher Musonda, Chanda Mwaba and Nchimunya Mweetwa on taking part in any football-related activity on grounds of match-fixing and unsporting behaviour for a period of two years as from 6 April 2011, date on which the players were provisionally suspended,” the statement read.
The news is a bog blow for three Faz Super Division clubs.
Promoted Napsa Stars and National Assembly have been the hardest hit.
Napsa has three players on his roaster for 2012 namely Mweetwa, Musonda and Chibwe.
Assembly on the other hand will miss midfielder Donwell Yobe who has been a creative force in their last three games scoring two goals he has played in since Faz lifted their local ban a last month.
Power Dynamos have striker Francis Kombe and defender Kunda.