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Covid-19 Funds: NFF Receives $1m From FIFA

Covid-19 Funds: NFF Receives $1m From FIFA

The Nigeria Football Federation  (NFF) has received $1 million from world football governing body FIFA as funds for coronavirus palliatives.

NFF president Amaju Pinnick disclosed this on his verified Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Pinnick who explained how the $1 million will be utilized, also disclosed that the NFF got $600,000 for the FIFA Forward 2.0 projects in Birnin-Kebbi and Ugborodo.

“Huge appreciation to football’s world governing body, FIFA, for the $1 million (one million dollars) the Federation has received in the frame of COVID-19 palliatives. The money was received by the the NFF and we re-confirmed the purpose from FIFA two days ago.

“FIFA also sent $600,000 to the Federation for the FIFA Forward 2.0 projects in Birnin-Kebbi and Ugborodo. At $300,000 each, it will enable the mini-stadia in both centers to start at a very good pace, as we earmark completion by the end of March 2021.

“As a further break down, the $1 million for palliatives is composed of $500,000 for men’s football and $500,000 for the women’s game.” 

He added:”FIFA has also promised to send the Federation an additional $500,000 sometime in January 2021, also as part of COVID-19 palliative efforts.

“On the continent, we have received confirmation from CAF that the Federation will receive the expected $300,000 from the Confederation on or before Sunday, the 1st of November. With the $200,000 we have already ring-fenced from our sponsors’ funds for the purpose the coast will then be clear for us to start the disbursement of funds to the beneficiaries, as captured in our approved template, from next week.

“Even though we are bolstered by the guidelines from FIFA strictly outlying the purposes of these funds as well as the approval of the the NFF Executive Board, we will also interface with our auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, on each and every line item, to ensure the disbursements conform to global best practices.

“Beneficiaries MUST ensure 100% compliance to guidelines by ensuring that all funds are paid into designated accounts.

“I would also like to thank all beneficiaries for their patience and understanding at these trying times.

“Finally, I would like to wish FIFA President, Gianni Infantino God’s speed as he recovers.

“Thank you.”

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  • Igbekun Abo 9 months ago

    Christmas don come early for some officials o……na only almighty go deliver us.

  • My [email protected], na FIFA be the original Santa Claus o. No wonder Chris Giwa wan die for the election mata. $1m – one million dollars!!?? Ewelewe! Dis one don pass oil or blood money ooo. How Pinnick and his board wan share this money? To build or renovate stadiums or distribute to state FA chairmen and board?

  • Abdul handsy 9 months ago

    The super eagles need the services of this young talented boy called: Michael Akpovie Olise in our creative spark.

    With all I have seen with this boy, Olise is worth fighting to cap before the English and the French nations attempt towards changing his mind against switching an allegiance to Nigeria.

    • Jones 9 months ago

      Good player no doubt but does he want to play for Nigeria? We can’t go about begging players up and down

    • Mheen, this guy na natural baller o. Dribbling skills and goal eye sense of the highest quality. He’ll be an automatic first 11 player and will bench current starters. Only if England, France and other countries will leave our players for us, Nigeria might win Qatar 2022 or get to the semis if we get all our best legs together with the right coach to gel them well into a killer machine.

      • Dr. Drey 9 months ago

        Hahahhaha…WC Semis, when our best legs aren’t even competing at UCL R16 level yet….? Biko lets tone down all these fantasies. Our best players of the last decade Mikel and V.Moses played at 2 WC group stages and they were made to look ordinary. Nor be ordinary EPL level Ebere Eze reach wey all in skills and dribbles run leave am….? LMAO.

        Michel Olise is sure a talented kid….but lets allow the kid to grow without hype. I second his call for invitation to the SE though.

    • The guy plays exactly like Ejaria and they are even playing for the same club. My advice…get Ejaria first then Olise will be easy

  • Michael olise is a combination of aribo and ejaria,if NFF get olise for us,no more talk about eze,by the way when will endsars protest starts in nff

  • Goal ⚽️ 9 months ago

    If only oga Rohr will be willing to change his defensive tactics and invite technical midfielders to bring mobility and creativities needed to win games .

    I’m proud of this boy Olise who I discovered.

    Keep making us proud.

  • Ololo 9 months ago

    The olisa guy even scored in the last reading match.. It was a very beautiful goal.. Currently in the championship he is one of the players with a good number of assisis..
    We need him urgently. Good competition for iwobi

  • Goal ⚽️ 9 months ago

    Both uzoho and okoye played for their clubs today and they gave a good account of themselves .

    That’s what I called competitiveness, two good goalkeepers struggling for one spot.

    Rohr needs to do so in other departments especially the midfield and attack.

    Serious competitions brings the best from every position and create a winning team.

  • Sunnyb 9 months ago

    Oya vultures, Hawks food is here, chop this money continue to loot anything lootable, don’t worry when the real revolution starts u guys won’t be spared. But u guys still ve time now to  repent, invest all this FIFA largesse  into our football grassroots.