FIRST EVER JOURNALISM FIFA FORWARD FUND FORUM
The football governing body, FIFA on Wednesday hosted a Forum for journalists on The FIFA Forward fund in South Africa city of Johannesburg at Crowne plaza hotel, The first ever of it’s kind.
Sports Journalists from across Africa, including Zambia were invited for this historical forum.
FIFA were represented by Chief members associations officer Joyce Cook, Media Relations and Communications manager Will Shand; and FIFA Africa and Caribbean countries manager Veron Mosengo Omba.
A day prior, Joyce Cook officially opened FIFA regional developmental offices in South Africa – where members associations leaders, including FAZ President Andrew Kamanga was in attendance.
In her welcoming remarks on the Thursday’s Journalism forum, Cook said FIFA President Gianni Infantino values the role the media plays in the development of football. She said the forum was organized to lift the lids of Journalists on the processes involved in giving out the forward funds.
FIFA announced early this year in Kigali at the Council meeting that it has increased it’s fundings to members associations from 5 million USD to 6 million USD in a 4 year circle.
Journalists were tutored on how these funds are acquired and the challenges members associations encounters to acquire the funds. Members of the fourth estate were also taken to school about the obligations required by federations to acquire the FIFA Forward funds.
And it was noted at the forum that Zambia were among the countries that haven’t been approved to acquire the FIFA forward project – funds meant to help associations to run projects such as offices and training pitches.
And Veron Omba said some members associations were not approved to get projects funds in the previous circle but have met the requirements and are in line to acquire in the next FIFA Forward fund circle.
Meanwhile there was a cry by Journalists on how they are blacklisted by local federations in their line of duty. FIFA said Journalists must themselves tell FIFA when they have local issues with their federations.
Later on in the afternoon, the Journalists were taken to SAFA owned premises where the South African football Association is working on projects through the FIFA Forward funds. The reason was to get a cue on how associations can utilize these FIFA Forward project funds.
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