Ghana’s share of the Fifa COVID-19 relief fund package is for the FA’s operational cost, and not for the clubs, according to the Ghana FA Communications Director, Henry Asante Twum.
Ghanaian clubs hope of getting some sort of assistance amid the COVID-19 crisis is now dashed after Asante Twum revealed the distribution mechanisms of the amount of money to be released by Fifa.
“FIFA said they will release operational funding, taking into account the difficulties member Associations have gone through in the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic and decided to release the 2019/2020 funds for the operational cost of $500,000 ” he told Asempa FM.
“The FA updates its members on operational cost yearly which includes staff Salaries, operations of the FA, maintenance of the FA, amount that goes into communication, publicity, Ghanama Soccer centre of excellence, its a broad area” he said.
Mr Asante Twum maintained that the FA has gone through difficult times within the last two years, and see the release as an opportunity to offload the financial constraints of the association.
“I can say with all authority that the money coming from FIFA is not for clubs, but for the operations of the FA, if the exco in their wisdom decide to support clubs out of the money, so be it,” he concluded.
Fifa has confirmed that it will release an amount of $150 million in operational funding for the 211 member associations.