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CAF’S E5.4M COVID-19 RELIEF FOR EFA

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MBABANE – Barely 48 hours after announcing an operational surplus of close to E3 million, the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) will be glad to know that a sum of US$300 000 (about E5.4 million) is on its way to their account.


The CAF Executive Committee met yesterday via video conference to discuss issues related to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, where it was resolved that an additional US$16.2 million (about E291 600 000) be handed to the 54-member associations to mitigate the challenges as a result of the coronavirus. Each association will be entitled to US$300 000.


According to a press release from CAF, the allocation will be paid immediately given the dire situation on the ground and the challenges faced by the member association.


“CAF has allocated an additional US$16.2 million to assist member associations to mitigate challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each member association will be entitled to US$300 000,” part of the statement reads.
The CAF Executive Committee, in the same meeting yesterday, also resolved to reschedule the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2021 to January 2022. Cameroon will host the biennial continental showpiece.
“The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course,” the statement from the CAF website reads in part.


Postponed


The Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) final tournament has been postponed until January 2021 in Cameroon.
CAF has also postponed its 42nd Ordinary General Assembly, which was scheduled for next month to December in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
An elated EFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngometulu confirmed the US$300 000 COVID-19 pandemic relief grant from CAF when reached for comment last night.


“Yes, the CAF Executive Committee met today and we are delighted at the assistance they are offering of US$300 000, because the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic is dire and very expensive.
“The behaviour from everybody has to change as we also have to consider the venues when we resume football.


“So definitely, we are happy with any additional assistance from CAF,” he said.
Mngometulu, however, stressed that such funding comes with strict measures which they needed to adhere to as accountability is of paramount importance to funds from the international bodies.


“We have to first know the conditions that come with the funding and see how we can structure everything as there are conditions attached.
“Moreover, the situation caused by the coronavirus means we have to address many issues at all levels as we will also need health experts to assist especially when we have resumed football action,” Mngometulu added.   

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