Sepp Joseph Blatter

Fifa chief Sepp Joseph Blatter and Ferwafa President Vincent Nzamwita

 

RWANDA is among the 209 Fifa member associations which will be given $750,000 (Rwf. 508,481,470) each by the World’s soccer governing body, Fifa to further the development of football.

The 64th FIFA Congress ended in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Wednesday with President Joseph Sepp Blatter announcing that there will be an increment in the disbursements to the six Confederations and the member associations.

FIFA will give $750,000 to member associations, with each Confederation getting $7 million. The Congress approved the 2015/2018 budget (with projected revenues of $5 billion and investments of $4.9 billion), in which FIFA is set to invest $900 million in football development, thus representing a $100 million increase in the budget from the current cycle.

Currently, FIFA redistributes more than $500,000 every year into developing football in our 209 member associations.

This year, Rwanda will receive two additional bonuses ($250,000 immediately, based on the 2011-13 period, and on completion of the 2014 financial year, $500,000 at the beginning of 2015); the same model applies to the confederations (who will receive $2.5 million immediately and $4.5 million at the beginning of 2015).

The bonuses are almost 40 percent higher than the ones given after the South Africa World Cup four years ago. So far FIFA has supported 668 Goal projects in 202 member associations for an overall investment of $284 million.

FIFA’s deputy general secretary Markus Kattner said this year’s tournament will generate $4.5 billion. FIFA had estimated the month long event would bring in $3.8 billion.

Blatter, hoping to be re-elected to a fifth term next year, told delegates in meetings over the past two days that they “would be happy” with the bonuses.

The 78-year old official made special mention of the Sierra Leonean Football Association president Isha Johansen at the Congress. Johansen is the only female leading a football association in the whole world. Blatter said Johansen was in a unique situation where she was pitted against 208 men.

The FIFA President also paid tribute to first ever elected FIFA female executive member and CAF co-opted executive member, Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera. Nsekera is a former Burundi Football Association President. Africa produced the first female president a football association when Wesley took control of Liberian Football Association in 2004.

Wesley, Nsekera and now Johansen have created a mark in world and African football as the only three female bosses of national football associations.

Rwanda football federation chief Vincent Degaule Nzamwita and Secretary General Olivier Mulindahabi represented the country at the 64th FIFA Congress. The next editions will take place in Zurich (May 28-29, 2015) and Mexico City (May 26-27, 2016).