CAF President Issa Hayatou handing Nigeria their gold medals
Thursday Apr 10, 2014. 15:49
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved four Stadiums in Rwanda ahead of the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).
CAF President Issa Hayatou, Vice President and Chairman of CHAN Commission Almamy Kabele Camara and secretary general Hicham El Amrani inspected the stadiums on Tuesday, but asked the hosts to work hard and upgrade them to FIFA Standards before the tournament.
The CAF boss also represented FIFA supremo Sepp Blatter at the 20th commemoration event of the Rwanda 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi held on Monday at Amahoro stadium.
Vincent Degaule Nzamwita, Chairman of the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) confirmed to Africanfootball.com that the CAF team had approved the four stadiums.
The stadiums approved include Amahoro National Stadium in Kigali, Stade de Rubavu, Stade de Huye and Nyamirambo Stadium.
Rwanda will be the first nation in East Africa to host the CHAN tournament. Sudan, another member of CECAFA hosted the event in 2011, while Kenya will have the chance to showcase their hosting abilities of the same event in 2018.
Nzamwita said they might not have the same infrastructure like hosts of the 2014 event South Africa, but added that they are sure Rwanda will host a successful tournament.
Rwanda has in the past successfully hosted two youth continental tournaments: 2009 Africa Youth Championship and the African U-17 Championship two years later.