The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has approved the immediate disbursement of financial grants to the Nigeria Football Association, NFF and other member associations to support the management of football at the domestic levels amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the CAF Emergency Committee meeting held on Thursday, May 28, 2020, via video-conference, the Emergency Committee approved a total of USD 10.8 Million to be transferred to the 54 member associations on the continent as part of a relief plan to ease the financial burden on the African football community during these unprecedented times.
“Due to the fast-spread of COVID-19, African MA’s have suspended all domestic competitions, which has brought about huge financial burdens on their shoulders.
“CAF has thus decided to wave the eligibility requirements to access the annual grants, so all MA’s can benefit during this difficult period,” said CAF President Ahmad Ahmad.
CAF is also assessing the opportunity of adding financial support to member associations for the resumption and organisation of domestic leagues.
The football body earlier this month announced the distribution of $3.5 million to participating teams at last season’s inter-club competitions.
The Total CAF Champions League and Total CAF Confederation Cup were suspended after the last eight matches were played due to the impact of the COVID-19.
eSohna reports that CAF is monitoring the health situation of COVID-19, working closely with relevant authorities including the Wealth Health Organization (WHO), FIFA, amongst others on the impact of the virus and will announce developments to competitions at the appropriate time.
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