By Adedapo Adesanya
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has said it will disburse $200,000 in financial aid to each of its 54 member associations as part of COVID-19 pandemic reliefs.
This was disclosed at its meeting on Thursday, May 28 via video-conference, where it was revealed that the CAF Emergency Committee has approved the immediate distribution of financial grants to member associations.
The fund is to support the management of football at the domestic levels hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of $10.8 million is expected to be distributed to the 54 member associations of the continental footballing body.
“A total of $10.8 million will be transferred to the 54 member associations on the continent as part of a relief plan to ease the financial burden on the African football community during these unprecedented times.
”Due to the fast-spread of COVID-19, African member associations have suspended all domestic competitions, which has brought about huge financial burdens on their shoulders,” President Ahmad Ahmad said in a statement via CAF’s website.
Also, CAF noted that it is assessing the opportunity of additional financial support to member associations for the resumption and organisation of their domestic competitions.
Two weeks ago, CAF announced the distribution of $3.5 Million to the participants of the Interclub competitions for the 2019/20 season.
The two club competitions, Total CAF Champions League and Total CAF Confederation Cup, were suspended after the quarter-final matches due to COVID-19 in March.
CAF added that it is monitoring the pandemic situation closely and working with the relevant authorities including the Wealth Health Organization (WHO), FIFA amongst others on the impact of the virus on the continent, and will announce developments to our competitions at the appropriate time.
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