$500,000 donation from FIFA not COVID-19 palliative – Pinnick

Nigeria Football Federation NFF President, Amaju Pinnick has said the $500,000 about N18million money FIFA gave each member recently is not for covid-19 palliative. 

FIFA had last month released money for over 211 member federations world wide to cushion the effect of COVID-19 which has grounded football activities to a halt. 

After the announcement, there have been talks that the money FIFA gave is coronavirus relief fund but the NFF president has now rubbished it. 

Amaju explained that the money is the yearly statutory allocation given to member federations by FIFA for the smooth running of football. 

“As part of our efforts to remain transparent with financial dealings and because I have seen a few enquiries about FIFA’s release of funds to member associations, I feel it’s my duty to update on how things stand. 

“Every year, there are statutory allocations that federations receive from FIFA, for the smooth running of football in different federations. 

”However, these funds come with statutory specific areas of obligations. In other words; if FIFA gives you money for youth development, you cannot use that money for anything else. 

”This is part of FIFA’s plans to help ameliorate hardships that this novel coronavirus has and will cause. It is not a palliative, as some have speculated,” Pinnick said. 

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