Rwanda: Amahoro Stadium Receives Approval for International Games

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• Amahoro stadium seating capacity tripled

• CAF and FIFA approves Amahoro for international competitions

• APR FC and Police FC to host Champions League and Confederation Cup at Amahoro

• APR FC and Rayon Sports FC graces the official launch of the facility

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Rwanda’s football landscape has received a major boost with the approval of the newly-refurbished Amahoro Stadium by the world football governing body FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to host international football competitions.

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Capacity increased three times

The stadium, which underwent a significant upgrade increasing its seating capacity from 25,000 to 70,000, has been deemed to meet all international standards, making it one of the best venues on the African continent.

CAF and FIFA certifies Amahoro Stadium

The certification of the Amahoro Stadium came following a series of thorough inspections carried out by CAF officials. The stadium’s transformation, spearheaded by contracted construction companies SUMMA and Real Contractors, began in August 2022 and is now in its final stages before being handed over to the government. The completion of this ultra-modern facility marks a significant milestone for Rwanda’s sports infrastructure.

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“Following the review of the report by CAF, please note that the stadium is approved for use in all competitions upcoming CAF/FIFA competitions since it meets all the set minimum CAF stadium requirements to host such matches,” a statement issued by CAF reads.

In a letter signed by CAF on June 13, it was confirmed that the Amahoro Stadium is now cleared to host international games, opening up a world of opportunities for the country to showcase its sporting capabilities on a global stage. The official inauguration of the stadium is scheduled to take place on July 4, coinciding with Rwanda’s 30th Liberation Day celebration, further adding to the significance of this momentous occasion.

The first football match has been held at the renovated Amahoro Stadium, it saw local rivals APR FC and Rayon Sports face off on Saturday, June 15. This match was a spectacle, showcasing the stadium’s state-of-the-art facilities and providing a glimpse of what to expect in future international competitions that will be hosted at the venue.

Looking ahead, Rwanda is poised to host its first international matches at the Amahoro Stadium in September when the qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations 2025 kick off. Additionally, the stadium has been selected to host the much-anticipated Veterans Club World Championship scheduled for September 1-10, further solidifying its status as a top-tier sporting venue.

APR FC and Police FC to host Champions League and Confederation Cup at Amahoro

With league champions APR FC and Peace Cup winners Police FC also poised to make use of the Amahoro Stadium for their home matches, as they prepare to represent the country in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup respectively, the stage is set for Rwanda to shine brightly on the continental football scene.

The approval of the Amahoro Stadium by FIFA and CAF not only ushers in a new era for Rwandan football but also underlines the country’s commitment to developing world-class sporting infrastructure. As the nation gears up to host a series of international competitions, the refurbished stadium stands as a symbol of Rwanda’s sporting ambitions and its dedication to promoting football excellence on a global scale.

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