26 Jan, 2021 08:30 am

Rwanda Women Football Association Threatens to Petition FIFA Over Covid-19 Recovery Funds

In July last year, under the FIFA COVID-19 Relief Plan regulations, an extensive outreach was launched among its member associations whereby a universal solidarity grant of one million dollars (approx. Rwf 1 billion) was availed to all FIFA member associations.

With specific protection to women football financed through FIFA's financial reserves, each member association, including FERWAFA, received an additional grant of $ 500,000 which was allocated specifically to women's football under what FIFA called 'Women's Football Grant'.The special funding is deemed for the growth, protection and restart of women's football and to ensure that minimum conditions exist in order to operate despite the impact of the pandemic.Despite receiving the funds, however, FERWAFA has not yet distributed the funds to its member associations, from both first and second divisions, which so far claim that they are in dilemma of what the grant is being used for other than distributing the funds to women football clubs.Clubs which spoke to Times Sport, however, said they were told to wait for the money until the women football league returns.

Louis Rurangirwa, the president of Rugende Women Football Club, claimed that he doesn't understand why FERWAFA is reluctant to give the money to women clubs yet it was provided to cover and address pandemic-caused losses and needs for women football.Asouman Ndarama, the president of Gisagara-based Youvia Women Football Club, said that the federation should disburse the money to the beneficiaries.

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