By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
President Kheïreddine Zetchi of the Algerian Football Federation [FAF] has put an end to speculations about the expected FIFA forwards funds promised to Member Associations by FIFA boss Gianni Infantino close to three months ago.
Speaking in an interview on national radio on Friday, June 19, the 55-year-old experienced football administrator debunked claims the eagerly-awaited funds had reached national federations.
“The president of FIFA has spoken twice since the start of the pandemic, and he has announced measures intended to help all federations. But I reassure everyone, no help has been given to FIFA member associations. This subject is on the table of the Executive Committee,” President Zetchi stated.
Just like in other African countries, there have been speculations in Algeria with some suggesting that the national federations has picked up the promised $500 000 and decided to stay mute. Zetchi rubbished all such speculations.
“Whenever the FAF will receive the cash, like the other federations, the former will distribute equitably between professional and amateur football,” the AC Paradou boss stated.
The FIFA forwards funds is an annual payment made by FIFA to its member associations to enhance football development.
This year FIFA decided to ignore some of its preconditions and fast-forward the payment of the second tranch prompting huge speculations.
Since president Gianni Infantino’s announcement of distribution of the funds last April, many stakeholders across Africa are on the alert waiting to cash in.
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