The president of the international football federation FIFA, Gianni Infantino, has commissioned the hotel of the Rwandan football association Ferwafa, which is to boost the growth of local football and create sustainable income for the organisation.
The commissioning was attended by the permanent secretary in the ministry of sports and culture, Lt. Col. Patrice Rugambwa, Ferwafa officials and members of its general assembly, as well as presidents from other sports federations in Rwanda.
Before laying the foundation stone of the Ferwafa hotel, which is to be built in Remera with FIFA support, Infantino watched the premier league match between Police and Rayon Sports at Amahoro Stadium.
Addressing the invitees at the commissioning, Infantino underscored the importance of having such infrastructures to develop national football.
“This project is among many that we are happy to support with the aim of ensuring that the development of football becomes a reality. FIFA will continue to support Rwanda in its plans to take the game to another level,” he said.
“I want to thank the president of Ferwafa, Vincent Nzamwita, for his commitment in developing the sport in Rwanda. Rwanda has the potential to become a powerful sporting nation and such projects will help to ensure that this ambition is attained,” the FIFA president added.
“I also thank President Paul Kagame, a staunch football fan who has shown his passion and love for the game especially in his annual commitment of the CECAFA Kagame Cup sponsorship,” Infantino remarked.
“Upon completion, the hotel will generate revenues to the federation which will in turn be invested in various areas such as youth development and women’s football,” said Ferwafa President Nzamwita.
The hotel is financed for 65% by FIFA, while the remaining funding is raised from local banking partners. Apart from generating income for the football association, the hotel will also reduce the cost of residential training for Rwandan national teams or accommodation for visiting national teams.
The Ferwafa hotel is part of the FIFA development programme aimed at helping developing countries to establish infrastructure and facilities to boost the growth of football as well as creating sustainable income for local associations.
Infantino is currently on a tour of several African countries. During his stay in Rwanda, he also visited Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi, and was received by President Kagame.