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Zimbabwe: Zifa Set to Receive U.S.$500 000 FIFA COVID-19 Relief Fund

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The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is set for a financial boost after world football governing body, FIFA revealed it was releasing operational funds for 2019 and 2020 amounting to US$150 million to member associations.

The funds are the first step of a relief plan to help ameliorate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ZIFA, along with FIFA’s 210 member associations, would receive US$500 000 each in the coming days, as well as any remaining entitlements for 2019 and 2020, FIFA revealed.

The coronavirus outbreak has brought football to a standstill with clubs and national football associations struggling to cope with loss of revenue.

“The pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for the entire football community and, as the world governing body, it is FIFA’s duty to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a statement.

“This starts by providing immediate financial assistance to our member associations, many of which are experiencing severe financial distress.

“This is the first step of a far-reaching financial relief plan we are developing to respond to the emergency across the whole football community.”

FIFA said it would immediately release the second installment of operational costs for 2020, originally due in July, and which under normal circumstances member associations would have only received in full upon fulfillment of specific criteria.