COVID-19: NFF confirms receipt of $1m FIFA grant

COVID-19: NFF confirms receipt of $1m FIFA grant


President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, says the league has gotten FIFA’s $1m COVID-19 help store.


FIFA had in June revealed that it would burn through $1.2bn as COVID-19 help assets; to part relationship to pad the budgetary impacts of the Covid pandemic.


All part affiliations got a general solidarity award of $1m, with an extra $500,000 award explicitly for ladies’ football.


Pinnick, in a progression of tweets checked by our journalist on Wednesday; affirmed that the organization had gotten the cash, adding that plans were at that point set up for the dispensing to the different recipients from one week from now.


“Huge appreciation to football’s world governing body, for the $1m the federation has received in the frame of COVID-19 palliatives.


The money was received by the NFF and we re-confirmed the purpose from FIFA two days ago,” Pinnick tweeted.


A further break down, the $1m for palliatives is composed of $500,000 for men’s football and $500,000 for the women’s game.



COVID-19: NFF confirms receipt of $1m FIFA grant



FIFA has also promised to send the federation an additional $500,000 sometime in January 2021; also as part of COVID-19 palliative efforts.


FIFA also sent $600,000 to the federation for the FIFA Forward 2.0 projects in Birnin-Kebbi and Ugborodo.


At $300,000 each, it will enable the mini-stadia in both centers to start at a very good pace; as we earmark completion by the end of March 2021.”


He added, “On the continent, we have received confirmation from CAF that the federation will receive the expected $300,000; from the confederation on or before Sunday, November 1. With the $200,000 we have already ring-fenced from our sponsors’ funds for the purpose.


The coast will then be clear for us to start the disbursement of funds to the beneficiaries; as captured in our approved template, from next week.


Though we are bolstered by the guidelines from FIFA strictly outlying the purposes of these funds as well as the approval of the NFF Executive Board; we will also interface with our auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, on each and every line item, to ensure the disbursements conform to global best practices.


Beneficiaries are to ensure the follow the  proper guidelines and compliance by ensuring that all funds are paid into designated accounts

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