NFF shares $2,000,000 COVID-19 relief fund


The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has given a breakdown of how $2 million COVID-19 relief fund was distributed to all sectors of the Nigerian football.

In a virtual meeting of the Executive committee of the NFF on Monday, approved a schedule of payment and released a breakdown of beneficiaries among other decisions reached in the meeting after consultations with the ministry of Sports.

The total sum which will be distributed in two tranches is made up of $1,000,000 (being FIFA’s support for restarting the football season); $500,000 (being FIFA’s dedicated support for women’s football); $300,000 (being CAF’s supports for its member Associations);$200,000 (Being NFF’s Sponsors funds: Nike and Cocoa -Cola).

While the fund have been sourced in US Dollars, the NFF say the disbursement will be made in Naira with the exchange rate pegged at the CBN approved N386 bringing the total to seven hundred and seventy-two million naira (772,000,000).

According to the NFF, women football will receive the sum of $500,000(N193,000,000 ) while $1,500,000(N579,000,000) will be distributed across men’s football.

The funds will cover various professional and amateur football clubs, and governing bodies of the various leagues to aid preparations ahead of the 2020/2021 league season which has been tentatively set for between September/October.

According to the breakdown released by the NFF, the super falcons will get N38,600,000) while the U17 and U20 women’s team will receive (N27,020,000).

The super eagles will receive (N77,200,000) while (N48,250,000) has been earmarked for the youth teams and (N11,580,000) will go to the NFF football Federation.

All 20 clubs of the men’s top tier Nigeria professional football league (NPFL) will get (N5,790,000) each totaling (N155,800,000); the 42 clubs in the Nigeria National league (NNL) will get (N1,930,000) while 360 Amateur clubs in the Nationwide league will receive a total of (N50,180,000).

Referees Association will get (N7,720,000) for operations while another (N23,160,000) has been earmarked for referee’s development.

The professional players union will receive a total of (N19,300,000) while coaches Association will receive a total of (N7,720,000); supporters club (N9,650,000); mascots (N1,930,000) and the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria will also receive a sum of (N11,580,000).


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