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NFF to get N192m from FIFA to ‘mitigate impact of COVID-19’ on football

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), like every other member association of the world football governing body FIFA, is set to receive the sum of $500,000 (about N192million).

FIFA made this known on Friday on its official website, saying that the funds are to mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on football.

The Switzerland-based body revealed that it will share a total of $150million – which is members’ 2019 and 2020 operational funding – among 211 member associations within few days from Friday April 24.

“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,” said FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

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According to the statement, the second installment of the 2020 funding was planned to be paid in July, but Fifa has decided to fast-track it and make it available right away to also serve as bailout in the face of challenges which the coronavirus scourge has posed.

“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,” Infantino added.

The fund is expected to be a huge relief for the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF board, who are currently negotiating a new contract with Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, and also searching for a world-class coach for the Super Falcons among other things.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria, all football activities, including street football, have been suspended since March 19.

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