• July 8, 2020

FUFA To Receive $1.5M – All You Need To Know

 FUFA To Receive $1.5M – All You Need To Know

FUFA offices in Mengo. John Batanudde

FUFA will receive $1M after the FIFA council unanimously approved the Covid19 relief plan, the world football governing body announced on Thursday.

The Federation will also receive an addition $500,000 grant specifically for women’s football.

In addition, FIFA also approved $2M to all the six member confederations including CAF.

All member associations will be given a universal solidarity grant of $1m, with an additional $500,000 grant specifically for women’s football. Each confederation will also receive a grant of $2m,” reads a statement from FIFA website.

This relief plan has been approved to help protect and safeguard football from the adverse economic effects of Covid19 in Uganda (FUFA) and other 210 member associations.

FUFA President Moses Magogo (left) and Chief Executive Edgar Watson. Courtesy

When Will The Money Come?

FUFA will receive the amount in two installments – That is $500,000 in July 2020 and the other half in January 2021.

The Women’s Football Covid19 relief grant will be received at once in July 2020.

To receive the relief fund, FUFA will have to submit an application form containing all relevant terms and conditions to the FIFA administration for review and approval. They will also have to illustrate where the funds are to be used.

To receive the second installment in January 2020, FUFA will submit an application form again, but this time, it will have to bear a report on the use of the first installment and the Women Covid19 relief grant.

In addition, FUFA can also apply for interest-free loans amounting to 35% of their audited annual revenues.

FUFA head of communications Ahmed Hussein when contacted confirmed that they have seen the FIFA announcement but added that he will be giving full details after they receive proper communication from FIFA.

FIFA revealed that there will be strict controls on the use of funds, audit requirements, as well as clear loan repayment conditions. FIFA COVID-19 Relief Plan steering committee will also be established to supervise the administration of the scheme.

Sport has been banned in Uganda due to a Covid19 induced lockdown. Lugogo stadium, home of KCCA.

Will the clubs benefit?

FUFA President Moses Magogo earlier promised the local clubs that they will receive some relief package in case FIFA sends it.

FUFA received operational-cost payments in FIFA’s first and second stage earlier and Magogo revealed that the money will be used on National teams engagement, FUFA salaries and payments to other service providers.

FIFA has stated that the member associations should use the money to restart of Football competitions, implementation of return to play protocols including testing, maintenance of football infrastructures, among others.

When all Covid19 related issues have been addressed, FUFA can as well invest the money in development projects.

FIFA, notably, stated that FUFA has the option of using the funds to mitigate needs within the wider football community such as by MAKING PAYMENTS TO CLUBS.

Brian Kawalya

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