The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will disperse a total of USD 10.8m as relief fund to support all it’s 54 member associations whose activities have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was agreed upon following a video-conference meeting held by the CAF emergency committee on Thursday.
The relief fund which aims at easing the financial burden among the member associations, is part of CAF’s annual grant program.
“Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, African member associations have suspended all national competitions which has increased the financial burden on their shoulders,” CAF president Ahmad Ahmad noted.
He added, “CAF has therefore decided to modify the conditions of eligibility to access annual grants, so that all member associations can benefit from them during this difficult period.”
The development implies that each member association including Uganda’s FUFA will receive a total of USD 200,000.
CAF also plans to support its member associations in running their national championships in cases where such events have been suspended.
The African football governing body has already released USD 3.5M to all teams that participated in this season’s CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup for the 2019/20 campaign.
Last month, the world football governing body, FIFA also approved a payment of the second instalment of the annual FIFA funds for football development to the tune of USD 500,000 to all it’s member associations.