Clubs Cry Out Over FIFA Covid-19 Palliative Balance Payment
Clubs in the various leagues in Nigeria have cried out that they are yet to receive the balance payment of the relief fund to cushion the effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic initiated by FIFA, CAF and major sponsors.
It would be recalled that it needed another outcry for the NFF, not known for transparency and accountability, to even make the first payment to these clubs.
In late October 2020, the NFF finally confirmed they have received a 1.5 Million US Dollars as relief funds from FIFA to be distributed to the major stakeholders.
The Federation also received $300,000 from CAF as well as $100,000 each from sponsors Nike and Coca-Cola.
The NFF promised to pay out these monies in two tranches.
NPFL clubs were each to receive $15,000, NNL clubs $5,000.
“We are still waiting for the outstanding 50% payment from the NFF for the Covid-19 Palliative,” lamented a top official of one of the NPFL clubs based in the North Central.
“We just hope and pray that the money has not entered voice mail.”
Another official of an NPFL club in the South East also confirmed to www.insideglasshouse.com his club have yet to receive the balance payment from the NFF.
Several officials in the lower leagues further confirmed they are yet to receive the second tranche of these payments and do not know when they will.