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Rwanda partners with Morocco to build stadiums countrywide

Rwanda believes that construction of the stadiums will be a huge step forward in developing football infrastructure across the country.

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Rwanda has announced a major partnership with Federation of Royal Morocco Football (Frmf) that will see the construction of stadiums across the country at an affordable long term repayment plan.

Rwanda Football Federation, Federation of Royal Morocco Football ,Rwanda Housing Authority, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Infrastructure were among stakeholders who met at the Marriott Kigali Hotel over the weekend to deliberate on the issue.

Speaking on this occasion, Christian Rwakunda, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure (MINFRA) said that morocco and Rwanda enjoy a warm relationship.

                                                                       3000 seater stadiums

There is an excellent relationship between the Government of Rwanda and the Kingdom of Morocco, and this relationship is translated into a dynamic cooperation-Christian Rwakunda

Hajji Mouad, the Frmf head of delegation said that each district will get a 3000-seater stadium.

Mr Mouad said that they will need to know the different needs of each district before technical team both parties embark on a timeline when to begin the construction process.

Construction of the stadiums will be spearheaded by Coter Terhrazaz Construction Company.  The Moroccan company has constructed up to 63 artificial stadiums and five natural grass ones in the North African nation and are in talks to construct another 40 stadiums.

Rwanda says a team has been set to work alongside the team from Morocco to study the requirements of each district and advise on the way forward.

The Rwandan team is composed of Rwanda Housing Authority which will be representing the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Sports, Ferwafa and Ministry of Local Government

In 2016 Rwanda hosted Chan in four stadiums, two in Kigali, one in Huye in the Southern Province and the other in Rubavu in the Western Province.

The districts that already have stadiums are also included in this partnership including Rusizi, Nyamagabe, Nyanza, Gatsibo, Kirehe, Musanze, Gicumbi, Kamonyi and Kayonza.

President Paul Kagame earlier pledged to construct stadiums in Nyagatare, Ngoma and Bugesera while the most successful club in Rwanda, army side APR is considering constructing a stadium at the Kanombe Military Camp while Police FC is looking at a stadium in Gishari in Rwamagana district in the Eastern Province.

Rwanda believes that construction of the stadiums will be a huge step forward in developing football infrastructure across the country.

Morocco is also helping Tanzania to construct a stadium in Dodoma at a cost of US$100m.

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