COVID-19: NFF receives 2 million dollars relief fund from FIFA, CAF, others

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Following the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, FIFA, CAF, and sponsors gave out relief funds to member countries, with Nigeria not left out.

According to the donors, the funds are meant to serve as a boost for preparations ahead of the 2020/2021 league season.

As reflected in a report released on Monday after the NFF executive committee met via video conference, the total amount to be disbursed is $2,000,000 which comprises of $1,000,000 (FIFA’s support for restarting the league season), $500,000 (FIFA’s support for women’s football), $300,000 (CAF’s support to its member association), $200,000 (NFF’s support from sponsors funds).

The NFF, through its President, Amaju Pinnick, weeks ago promised to make transparent the sharing formula for the monies received.

After the meeting on Monday, the NFF executive committee approved the breakdown of the planned disbursements.

The men’s football division, female football division, the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and the Supporters Club, have all been included in the breakdown of the planned distribution of the funds.

“After consultations with the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Board endorsed the proposal from the Secretariat for the lump sum of $2,000,000.00 (two million american dollars only) to be shared across the various clubs and governing bodies of the various Leagues, viz Nigeria Professional Football League, Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League, and the Nigeria Nationwide League, as a boost for their preparations ahead of the 2020/2021 League Season,” a part of the report read.

According to breakdown, the men’s football division will get $1.5m (N579m) while the women division will receive just the $.5m (N193m) allocated to them from FIFA with no share in the extra funds gotten from sponsors and CAF.

SWAN (Sports Journalists) has been earmarked to receive $30,000 (over N11m) while the Supporters Club will receive $25,000 (over N9m).

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