Amaju Pinnick: NFF president confirms FIFA’s $1m to Nigeria as COVID-19 funds

Amaju Pinnick: NFF president confirms FIFA’s $1m to Nigeria as COVID-19 funds

- Amaju Pinnick has disclosed that the NFF has received funds from FIFA

- The world’s football governing body sent FIFA’s $1million to the federation

- Another $600,000 was received from FIFA for projects in two Nigerian communities

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The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick, on Wednesday, October 28, confirmed that the body received $1 million as COVID-19 palliative efforts.

In a series of tweets on his official handle, the president added that FIFA also sent another $600,000 for projects in the Kebbi state capital Birnin-Kebbi as well as Ugborodo in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

Pinnick also disclosed that the world’s football governing body also promised to send an additional $500,000 sometime in January 2021, also as part of COVID-19 palliative efforts.

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He said:

"Huge appreciation to football's world governing body, @FIFAcom, for the $1 million (one million dollars) the Federation has received in the frame of COVID-19 palliatives. The money was received by the NFF and we re-confirmed the purpose from FIFA
"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. FIFA has also promised to send the Federation an additional $500,000 sometime in January 2021, also as part of COVID-19 palliative efforts."
Amaju Pinnick: NFF president confirms FIFA’s $1 million to Nigeria as palliative efforts
Amaju Pinnick alongside FIFA president Infantino during the 2018 World Cup. Photo: Sergei Bobylev
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The 49-year-old also disclosed that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed that the Federation will also receive $300,000.

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He added:

“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 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."

Recall that earlier reported that FIFA president Gianni Infantino tested positive for coronavirus. The NFF president also used the opportunity to wish him speedy recovery.

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