Maputo, Nov 20 (IANS) FIFA has suspended financial support to the Mozambican Football Federation (FMF) due to lack of reports on the use of money it was allocated last year, local media reported on Friday.
FIFA senior manager for Africa development Zelkifli Ngoufonja told reporters in Maputo on Thursday night at the end of his three-day visit that the world football governing body requires the annual statement of accounts and activities to its members, and these must be submitted by March 31 each year, but the FMF did not, reports Xinhua.
“Now we require the reports of global accounts, not only the money we provide. Mozambique has still not given us their report, so we suspend the funding. The money for the FMF exists, but requires only the clarification of last year’s accounts,” explained Ngoufonja, quoted by the Maputo daily Noticias.
“In all, we added $500,000, plus $300,000 for the bonus. Annually generally FIFA allocates $250,000 to affiliates,” he continued. Last year’s FMF boss Faizal Sidat told reporters on Friday that he was proud to have left the federation with a positive balance.
But the current FMF president Alberto Simango Jr. said an audit company led by the KPMG was carrying out the audit to find out what had happened. The FIFA representative warned that reports on the expenditure are needed by March 31 next year.