President Kagame unveils newly refurbished Amahoro Stadium

President Kagame unveils newly refurbished Amahoro Stadium

The newly refurbished Amahoro Stadium (Amahoro means peace in Kinyarwanda) was officially opened by President Paul Kagame on Monday, July 1, 2024.

The newly refurbished stadium now boasts a seating capacity of 45,000, up from the previous 25,000. The ultra-modern facility, which is due to commence renovations in mid-2022, was unveiled at a ceremony attended by top football and sporting figures from Rwanda and abroad, including Confederation of African Football President Patrice Motsepe and Minister of Sports Aurore Mimosa Munyangajyu.

The Rwandan President and CAF President made comments before the kick-off of the friendly match between APR FC and Police FC. In summary, President Kagame highlighted Rwanda's commitment to developing infrastructure to support human resources and sports, so that Rwandans and Africans can benefit from the multi-billion dollar sports industry.

President Kagame commended the Rwandan people for their contribution to the renovation and thanked the CAF and FIFA leadership for their inspiration and support. President Kagame further stressed the importance of world-class sports infrastructure in nurturing local talent and urged young footballers to work hard and smart.

“I want to thank my brother, Dr Patrice Motsepe, who is the President of CAF, and my other brother, Gianni Infantino, the President of FIFA, because it was thanks to them that we were able to build these fantastic sports facilities for football.”

They have done a lot to help Rwanda and other African countries, and of course beyond, to develop football by providing facilities like this and to ensure that our youth have a platform to develop and showcase the vast talent on the continent.

“Now there are no excuses for our young football talent, just work hard, work smart and be counted among the best players on the continent,” he said.

President Kagame further stated, “This will allow us to keep our talents in the country instead of constantly sending them abroad. People are free to go wherever they want, but they can also stay and develop what they want to do. This facility will allow us to develop more talent in the country instead of importing it from abroad. Our efforts will enable people to achieve important things here. Today is a great day for Rwanda and football and we will continue to improve. We must work hard and smart to be counted among the best teams on the continent,” President Kagame added.

Meanwhile, CAF President Dr Patrice Tulopane Motsepe commended Rwanda for building one of the finest stadiums in Africa, saying he looks forward to seeing Rwanda play against the world’s top teams soon.

President Kagame and Dr Motsepe kicked off the match and signed autographs for two young football fans before the friendly match between Rwandan champions APR FC and Police FC, which was won by a goal from APR FC's Gilbert Mugisha.

It is noteworthy once again that CAF has approved Amahoro Stadium to host international matches following a series of inspections by the continent’s football governing body.

Amahoro Stadium is located in the Gasabo district of Kigali, Rwanda. The stadium was built and opened in 1986, renovated between 2011 and 2016, and will then undergo a major expansion between 2022 and 2024.


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