THE Confederation of African Football (CAF) has urged Rwanda to upgrade the hosting facilities so as to be able to host a successful 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament.
CAF Secretary General Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani made the remarks after the Caf delegation comprised of President Issa Hayatou, 2nd Vice-president Almamy Kabele Camara, CAF Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani and Minister of Sports and Culture Protais Mitali and Infrastructure Minister Silas Lwakabamba, Ferwafa chairman Degaule Vincent Nzamwita visited the sites which will host the matches.
“Rwanda is on the right track to host the tournament in 2016 and we are glad because we had the of the ministers of sports and culture as well as infrastructure with us while visiting different hosting venues and this shows the commitment at the highest level ,”
“We know that when President Paul Kagame promises something, he does deliver and Rwanda has always delivered and this was proven by hosting the 2009 U-20 and 2011 U-20 tournaments and there is no reason why it won’t be for the CHAN tournament,”
“Rwanda has infrastructure and facilities in place but they needed to be upgraded, improved and worked on so that CHAN being a 16-country tournament can take place with the required level of infrastructure, allowing for the attractive play to be played from the pitch from the technical and tactical,” Amrani said.
He further added, “We have the commitment from the authorities and local organizing committee to do what is necessary to make sure the tournament is a beautiful one,”
With the national team set to be engaged in different regional and continental competitions, focus has to be put on infrastructure development to host the 16-nation tournament.
Amahoro stadium, Stade de Kigali, Stade de Rubavu and Stade de Huye will be upgraded to FIFA standards including being able to host night matches.