Former Amavubi and Rayons Sports goalkeeper Murangwa honoured by Queen Elizabeth.

By IGIHE
On 2 January 2018 at 01:21

Rwandan Eric Eugène Murangwa, former goalkeeper of Rwanda Football team, Amavubi, and Rayons Sports, has been selected for the 2018 British Empire’s medal from the hands of Queen Elizabeth.

Established in 1917 by King George V, the "Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" is an order of chivalry awarded annually to some 100,000 personalities of Britain’s Commonwealth and the whole world.

Murangwa was honoured with the medal, most probably, for the honourable activities of his association "Football for Hope, Peace & Unity", founded in 2010.

Murangwa survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi which claimed 35 of his family members.

Speaking to IGIHE, Murangwa said that when the Genocide started on 7th April, the militia entered his home to kill him and his relatives but one of the killers recognised Murangwa as a young player of Rayons Sports and saved him.

He says he was saved for being a sports man and that pushed him to use his passion for football to nurture reconciliation in the society.

Murangwa has lived in the United Kingdom for 20 years. He has appeared on the list of 1,123 selected for the New Year Honours 2018.


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