FERWAFA hotel to be operational before FIFA Congress

On 6 January 2023 at 11:35

Seven years after launching construction works, the hotel belonging to Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) is set to be inaugurated and begin operations before the upcoming congress of the World Football Governing Body (FIFA) to be held in Kigali in March 2023.

It is said that the four-star hotel located in Remera of Kigali City will have 88 rooms.

Initially, construction works began in 2015 with expectations to have it completed in 2016 at a tune of US$4 million (approximately Rwf4 billion) raised from two main sponsors including FIFA and the Moroccan football federation.

Construction works resumed on 21st August 2021, four years after suspension due to financial constraints. At the time, the first phase comprised of 40 rooms was expected to be completed by June 2022.

However, the project stalled again for six months waiting for shipment of some materials used by a Chinese firm which constructed the hotel.

Today, construction the first phase nears completion pending light works to clean the exterior, interior parts of the building and beautify the surrounding garden.

Among others, stout bars and ceramic tiles are being installed respectively on the front and back sides of the building.

The Assistant Spokesperson of FERWAFA, Jules Karangwa has told IGIHE that all works are to be completed this month and hand over the hotel to the local football governing body.

He further disclosed that the hotel’s management is going to be discussed where it will be operational before the upcoming FIFA Congress due in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda on 16th March.

The first section of the hotel built by China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC Rwanda Ltd) was estimated to cost US$2.6 million. It has a ground floor and four more upper storeys.

The ground floor comprises a reception, two conference halls, two Presidential suites and two restaurants.

Construction works resumed in August 2021 after FERWAFA secured US$2.5 million from FIFA and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF).

The first section of FERWAFA hotel is set to be inaugurated in the near future.