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FIFA U-17 World Cup: FIFA Postpones Inspection Visit to Rwanda

by Bonnie Mugabe
10:02 am

FIFA president Gianni Infantino seen alongside Ferwafa chairman Nzamwita Vincent during last year’s visit to Kigali

The World Soccer Governing body, FIFA has postponed the inspection visit to Rwanda which was aimed at assessing the country’s facilities as Rwanda bids to host the 2019 Under-17 World Cup.

According to a statement from Rwanda Football Federation, “FIFA has decided to postpone the inspection visit due to unforeseen circumstances and will announce a new date when this inspection will be held.”

Initially, Fifa was set to send a two-man delegation to Kigali in Rwanda this week to inspect the country’s facilities as they bid to host the 2019 Under-17 World Cup.

The Rwanda FA President, Vincent Nzamwita, said the inspection visit was supposed to be done alongside his members and the Sports Ministry as Fifa inspect their existing and proposed structures.

Proposed stadiums, training facilities, hotels and hospitals in Kigali City, Bugesera District, Huye District, Muhanga District, Musanze District and Rubavu District were among to be inspected.

Fifa’s Head of Competitions, Oliver Vogt, and Christian Schmölzer who is from Fifa’s Tournament & Events – Youth Tournaments were among the two FIFA officials confirmed to travel to Rwanda.

The country also hosted the Africa Under-19 Youth Championships in 2009 as well as the Africa Under-17 Championships in 2011.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, a football fan, has ensured the government supports to the FA to host competitions.