The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Emergency Committee has approved the immediate distribution of financial grants to Member Associations (MA) to support management of soccer at domestic levels hugely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
An amount of US$10.8 million will be transferred to the 54 MAs on the continent, as part of a relief plan to ease the financial burden on the African football community during these unprecedented times.
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said due to Covid-19, African MAs have suspended all domestic competitions, which has brought huge financial burdens on their shoulders.
“CAF has thus decided to waive the eligibility requirements to access the annual grants, so all MAs can benefit during this difficult period,” Ahmad said.
CAF is also assessing the opportunity of additional financial support to MAs for the resumption and organisation of their domestic competitions, Ahmad said.
CAF recently announced the distribution of US$3.5 million to the participants of the interclub competitions for the 2019/20 season. The two club competitions, Total CAF Champions League and Total CAF Confederation Cup, were suspended after the quarter-final matches due to Covid-19.
Meanwhile, CAF is working with the relevant authorities, including the Wealth Health Organization (WHO) and FIFA, among others on the impact of the virus on the continent, and will announce developments to competitions at the appropriate time.