An answer to this question was given to the African sports media during a series of webinars this Monday, June 29, 2020. After the announcement of the Executive Committee of the provision of an amount of 1.5 billion USD to come in aid to member associations, FIFA wanted to explain its control and distribution mechanisms.
The series of webinars via the Zoom application started with a session for French-speaking journalists that the main host Veron Mosengo-Omba did not miss.
Indeed, according to the Chief of the FIFA Member Associations Division, each association will be endowed with a sum of 1.5 million USD to lighten the financial burden imposed by the current pandemic – 1 million USD paid in two installments ( July 2020 and January 2021) for daily expenses and miscellaneous projects, while the sum of USD 500,000 will be devoted to the development of women’s football.
While some associations shine by the diversion of funds for other causes, what are the guarantees that this new kitty will fulfill the functions for which it was intended?
To this concern, FIFA indicates that it has set up a steering committee in order to reassure itself of the good use of the funds at the disposal of the Associations. But as Mosengo-Omba pointed out, “FIFA does not order but indicates the framework in which this money will be used”.
The global forum even plans to make loans of up to $ 5 million to AMs.
The question of the international match calendar was also raised by the Deputy Secretary General of FIFA, Mattias Grafström.
An exchange with English-speaking journalists from Africa followed the first, while the Portuguese session is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30, 2020.