BY AFESEH APONG
Sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.
The world’s Football governing body, FIFA, has announced that a total of around USD 150 million will be distributed among the 211 national football governing bodies around the world, to assist the football community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the release on www.fifa.com on Friday April 24, all operational funding due to member associations for the years 2019 and 2020 will be released in the coming days as the first step of a relief plan to assist the football community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said “The pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for the entire football community and, as the world governing body, it is FIFA’s duty to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs,”.
He continued “This starts by providing immediate financial assistance to our member associations, many of which are experiencing severe financial distress.
“This is the first step of a far-reaching financial relief plan we are developing to respond to the emergency across the whole football community. Together with our stakeholders, we are we assessing the losses and we are working on the most appropriate and effective tools to implement the other stages of this relief plan.
The move from FIFA means the release of the second instalment of operational costs for 2020, which was originally due in July, will be paid immediately. Each member association is expected to receive the sum of USD 500,000 in the coming days.
54 African countries will benefit from the FIFA relief plan. This comes at a time when many federations such as the Cameroon Football Federation, have stepped in to support players during this difficult period.
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