Football Kenya Federation presidential aspirant Herbert Tawa Mwachiro has lauded Fifa for approving Covid-19 funds to member associations.
On June 25th, the world football governing body communicated plans to cushion sportsmen around the globe against the effects of the biting coronavirus.
Football Kenya Federation is entitled to KSh100 million Covid-19 Relief Fund christened Universal Solidarity Grant with an additional KSh50 million for Women Football Support.
In a statement seen by SPORTS AFRICA on Monday, Mwachiro has termed this initiative as timely and a shot in the arm for all football practitioners across the global federations.
“The move is very timely and it’s a short 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 revenue streams with sponsors pulling out and temporarily halting their sponsorship,” he said on Monday.
“This has put the vulnerable sportsmen and women in a very difficult position as they are among the hardest hit by the pandemic.” Mwachiro stated.
Apart from these grants, the former FKF CEO also called for other forms of help to these affected groups.
“Problems in relation to hunger, health and housing are affecting this class of sportspersons. They are already in debt over the last three months and the need to be alleviated is even more urgent. The opportunity to access interest free loan could also be looked into to help ease the burden on the hard-hit football community,” he added.
Meanwhile, these funds are expected to be disbursed to Fifa affiliated associations in the following manner; $500,000 in July 2020 with the next $500,000 batch released in January 2021.
The $500,000 Women Football Support funds will be released in July 2021.
Member associations are also eligible to access interest free loan facility of up to 35 per cent of their audited books of accounts of their annual revenues.