FIFA Council Approves $1.5 Billion COVID-19 Relief Fund
Football Association of Malawi is set to benefit from the FIFA COVID-19 Relief fund following the approval of 1.5 billion US dollars by the FIFA council.
FAM’s competitions manager Gomezgani Zakazaka says the funds will play a crucial role in helping local football players both men and women amid the coronavirus pandemic which forced the postponement of sports activities in the country.
The country’s football governing body will receive over 1 Billion kwacha from the COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The FIFA Council which include Football association of Malawi’s President Walter Nyamilandu had a video conference and made some decisions regarding the future of world football.
With a view to responding to COVID-19 and helping football around the world in the face of the pandemic and its aftermath, the Council approved several measures among them the FIFA COVID-19 Relief fund.
In their discussions the council agreed to approve 1.5 billion dollars to assist the football community.
Out of the 1.5 billion dollars the FA is expected to receive $1.5 million (MK1.2 billion) from the FIFA COVID-19 Relief fund.
FAM’s competitions manager Gomezgani Zakazaka applauded Fifa for the initiative saying it will assist the already existing FAM covid19 relief plan which is helping local football players both men and women and some officials.
“We (FAM) created our own Relief Fund which we tapped from the FIFA projects funds and already super league are benefiting from the initiative.
“We are simply thankful for the gesture because with the deadly virus many federations need a helping hand.
“Though we haven’t yet received the funds because FIFA just announced, there are some processes that must be followed to access the funds but we are more than happy and very thankful for the Relief Fund.”
The next Council meeting is scheduled for September.The 70th FIFA Congress will be held on 18 September 2020.