FIFA approves $1m COVID-19 relief grant for NFF


FIFA has approved a $1m COVID-19 relief grant for the Nigerian Football Federation.

The NFF and other member associations across the globe are all expected to benefit from FIFA’s $1.5bn groundbreaking COVID-19 relief plan after the world football body approved the plan on Wednesday.

“This relief plan is a great example of football’s solidarity and commitment in such unprecedented times,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said.

“I would like to thank my colleagues of the Bureau of the Council for approving the decision to move forward with such an important initiative for the benefit of all member associations and confederations.”

According to a statement issued by FIFA, the NFF led by Amaju Pinnick can also access interest-free loans of up to $5m.

It added that an additional $500,000 grant would be given to each member association for women’s football during the plan’s third phase.

The plan aims to help men and women’s professional football, as well as youth and grassroots football through a system of grants and loans.

According to FIFA, a grant of $2m will also be given to each of the six football confederations.

The funds are expected to be made available by January 2021.

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