Mwachiro lauds FIFA's Covid-19 relief fund for Kenya

Mwachiro lauds FIFA's Covid-19 relief fund for Kenya

The FIFA universal Solidarity grant funds will be disbursed two batches where FKF will receive 500,000 USD in July 2020 and the remaining half in January 2021. The women football support  kitty will fully be released in July 2020.

The world football governing body FIFA has approved a 1.5m US Dollars grant for Kenya. One million USD as Universal Solidarity Grant, while 0.5m USD will be dedicated to support women's football. 

The universal Solidarity grant funds will be disbursed two batches where FKF will receive 500,000 USD in July 2020 and the remaining half in January 2021. The women football support  kitty will fully be released in July 2020.

FIFA has devised strict controls for the use of the funds to ensure effective oversight of the funds. FKF, like all other football federations in the world (all receiving the Covid-19 relief funds) shall undergo the same Fifa stringent audit process.

In addition to the above, member associations can access an interest free loan facility of up to 35% of their audited books of accounts of their annual revenues. 

Meanwhile, Football Kenya Federation presidential aspirant Herbert Mwachiro has lauded the efforts by Fifa Council for approving Covid-19 funds that will be disbursed to federations around the world.

Mwachiro says “The move is very timely and it’s a shot in the arm for many federations whose footballers, match officials, coaches and other technical officials have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic with most losing their income streams and sponsors pulling out or temporarily halting their sponsorship," said Mwachiro who is the former FKF deputy CEO.

He added: “This has rendered sportsmen and women vulnerable,  pushing them to very difficult positions as they are among the hardest hit by the pandemic. Problems in relation to hunger, health and housing are affecting this cluster of sportspersons. They are already in debt over the past three months and the need to be cushioned financially is even more urgent."

Mwachiro also noted that the opportunity to access the interest-free loan could also be looked into to help ease the burden on the hard-hit football community. 

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