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Uganda to get Shs 23bn FIFA money

FIFA president Gianni Infantino

FIFA president Gianni Infantino

World football governing body, FIFA has approved more money to be given to member associations under the Forward Programme in the new four-year cycle that starts next year.
Uganda, which is also a member of Fifa will benefit from the Forward Programme. The eighth FIFA Council meeting that sat in Kigali, Rwanda yesterday Friday, approved a new cycle which will see every association get $6m (about Shs 22.5 billion) - a $1m increment that was given to the associations previously. 

"We have established the Forward Programme under the new cycle starting 2019 and each member of FIFA will receive 6 million US dollars in the four years," FIFA president Gianni Infantino revealed at the Convention Centre in Kigali. 

Infantino explained that associations will get $1 million every year for the next four years to cater for operational costs, competitions for men and women and refereeing programmes.
"If an association dos not organise these competitions and programmes then they will not get the money," explained Infantino.

He said that the remaining $2 million to be spread over the four years will go towards specific programmes as per the needs of different associations and infrastructure.
"We want each association to have one proper pitch that can organise international game," added Infantino.
Each of the confederations will also get $12 million every year, while the zones in Africa including Cecafa and Asia will have $1 million every year earmarked for boys, girls and women tournaments.

"Accountability at FIFA has also been further strengthened. Each association must now engage services of a statutory auditor, and each association will be subjected to a central review by an international auditing company," Infantino said during the press conference.

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