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Sepp Blatter to visit Rwanda

Rwanda FA president Celestine Ntagungira chants with a FIFA official recently. Rwanda has lobbied the FIFA president to visit them mid this year.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter will visit Rwanda mid this year to familiarise himself with the development of football in the country.

After a successful trip to Fifa’s headquarters in Zurich last month, Rwanda football associations boss Celestin Ntagungira invited Blatter to Rwanda and the Fifa boss duly accepted the invitation.

The Rwanda football association Secretary General Michel Gasingwa said that Blatter who last visited the country in 2004 will be making his second visit to the country.

“Blatter will be visiting Rwanda as part of his tour to Kenya and Burundi. On his visit, he will meet the country’s top leaders as well as see various football developments,”

Rwanda has so far benefited from four FIFA goal projects. The first Fifa Goal Project which costed a tune of $475,000 went into the construction of association headquarters and a technical centre with the appropriate facilities.

The second goal project constructed Ferwafa artificial turfs in Remera to a tune of $400,000 from FIFA and another $400,000 from the government of Rwanda.

The third goal project was to run the Ferwafa academy of excellence which costed a tune of $400,000 offered by FIFA and this paid dividends by helping Rwanda send a team for the first time to the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals held in Mexico last year.

The fourth goal project has seen Rwanda benefit from over $500,000 towards the construction of modern football stadium in Muhanga, Southern province.

Rwanda is currently a beneficiary of the annual $250,000 (Rwf. 148 million) in Financial Assistance Programme to member associations and the bonus paid to associations following the success of the 2010 World Cup in Africa.

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