FIFA grants Ghana Football Association $1M as COVID-19 relief package

Kurt Okraku president of Ghana Football Association with FIFA President Gianno Infantino 

The Ghana Football Association is set to receive $1 million in grants from  FIFA after the world football governing body approved a $1.5 billion relief fund to help member associations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The GFA will receive an extra $500,000 to support women’s football.

The GFA has already benefitedd $500,000 from FIFA’s early release of FIFA Forward Funds.

Gianni Infantino, the Fifa president, said the relief fund had been “unanimously approved” by the members of its council and insisted there would be “strict controls” on how the money is spent.

All 211 member associations will be entitled to a “basic solidarity grant” of $1m each as well as $500,000 which must be invested in women’s football.

In addition, member associations can also apply for a COVID-19 relief loan worth 35% of their revenue up to a maximum of $5 million each. Continental governing bodies will get $2 million as a relief grant, and can also apply for an extra $4 million relief loan.

Infantino promised “strict controls on the use of the funds, with audits”, and said there would be “very clear conditions” for how loans are repaid.

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