The President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo, has commended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the release of the FIFA COVID-19 Relief Fund to the association.
This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Port Harcourt, Rivers, through Mr Olalekan Ige, Media Adviser to the SWAN President.
The president confirmed that the NFF had released N11.4 million as part of the COVID-19 relief fund from FIFA to SWAN.
Sirawoo lauded the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF for the transparent way and manner it disbursed the funds in accordance with the FIFA guidelines.
“FIFA and the NFF must be commended for this transparent process. It has been done in such a manner that is open for all to see.
“FIFA must also be commended for such a gesture despite a challenging period of the Coronavirus pandemic across the world.
“It is a sign of a responsive and responsible football governing body,” he said.
Sirawoo assured that the funds allocated to SWAN would be utilised transparently in accordance with the stated guidelines.
“Let me state clearly that we will follow all guidelines as stated by FIFA and NFF; every penny expended will be published for all to see.
“Our mantra has always been responsive leadership and we will demonstrate that in all our dealings.
“An enlarged NEC meeting will hold in a couple of days to determine how the funds will be utilised,” he stressed.
The SWAN president also charged Nigeria’s representatives in CAF club competitions to make the nation proud by targeting the ultimate prizes.
He noted that Plateau United, Enyimba, Rivers United, and Kano Pillars had the resources and personnel to perform well in the competitions.
He called on respective managers of the teams to do all within their means to make the players comfortable for optimal performance.