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We have not received any funds from FIFA, CAF — Pinnick

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The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has stated that the federation is yet to receive COVID-19 palliatives from world body FIFA and CAF.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC, Pinnick said once the federation took delivery of the funds, external auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, would ensure they were properly distributed.

It was earlier reported that FIFA approved $1m as universal solidarity grant to all member associations, while an additional $500,000 was specifically assigned for women’s football.

CAF also released $300,000 as grant to mitigate challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while the NFF got $200,000 from sponsors Nike and Coca Cola.

“We’ve not received all the money, we’ve not received the one from CAF, we’ve not received from FIFA, once we receive, we are talking to PWC so that it’s not just distribution, they have to monitor how it is done, they have to monitor what we are doing to ensure it gets to the end users,” Pinnick told BBC.

“Once we get the money, we will notify the ministry, the only one we have right now is what we have been able to warehouse from Cocacola and Nike. You can see that it is $2m – $1.5m from FIFA, $300,000 from CAF and $200,000 from the federation. We are going to religiously adhere to that principle.”

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