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Posted on Feb 19 2018

The World soccer governing body, FIFA, has postponed their inspection visit to Rwanda which was scheduled to be held from February 20 to 24, 2018,

The visit was aimed at inspecting stadiums and other facilities for the country’s 2019 U-17 World Cup bid.

According to a FIFA communication sent to Rwanda Football Federation on Monday, FIFA has decided to postpone the inspection visit due unforeseen circumstances and will announce a new date when this inspection will be held.

Inspectors of the world soccer governing body, FIFA, will make their first visit to Rwanda from February 21-24, 2018 to inspect stadiums and other facilities for the country’s 2019 U-17 World Cup bid.

The FIFA officials alongside the delegation from Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) and the Ministry of Sports will inspect the proposed stadiums, training facilities, hotels and hospitals in Kigali City, Bugesera District, Huye District, Muhanga District, Musanze District and Rubavu District respectively.

The FIFA delegation confirmed for the three-day visit will be composed of Oliver Vogt and Christian Schmölzer (FIFA Tournament & Events, Youth Tournaments).

The visit will assess both the existing stadiums as well as other stadiums which are planned to be constructed.

The FERWAFA President Nzamwita Vincent told Ferwafa.rw on Friday, “The primary goal for the inspection at this stage is to enable FIFA receive first-hand information on our (Rwanda) readiness to host this youth tournament, from assessing the existing infrastructure to proposed stadiums which will be constructed among others, hotels and hospitals among others. This will enable the FIFA inspection team to report back to the FIFA Council before they make a final decision on the definitive host of the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup,”

Nzamwita is optimistic that Rwanda will win the bid to host the tournament of such a stature, "After submitting our bid book to FIFA to host the tournament and considering the goodwill of our government in ensuring that all the needed requirements will be availed on time, I believe we will be given the opportunity to host this tournmanet because we’ve proved before that we are capable."

The inspectors will visit medical, proposed stadiums, training facilities, hotels and hospitals in Kigali and Musanze on February 21 then head to Rubavu, Huye and Muhanga Districts on February 22 before concluding with a visit to Bugesera District on February 23.

At the end of the inspection tour, the delegation will submit a report to assist FIFA’s Council to select a host for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament, which will be announced by FIFA before the end of this year’s first quarter, most probably in April in Zurich.

In November last year, Rwanda submitted her definitive bid bid book to host the memorable 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Source: Ferwafa.rw

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