She made the revelation on Wednesday 31st August 2022 as she inspected Huye Stadium which was recently renovated to meet international standards.
Minister Munyagaju visited the stadium along with the Minister of Infrastructure, Dr. Ernest Nsabimana ; the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Didier Shema Maboko and the President of Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA), Olivier Mugabo Nizeyimana.
Some of key aspects that were taken into consideration during the renovation works include media area, changing room, public toilets and bathrooms for players as well as the roofing.
After touring the facility, Mimosa told the media that the stadium is in a good state and ready to host international matches.
“The stadium’s significance to Rwanda and Amavubi as we have always said, is that it will enable Rwanda to host home matches. The completion of Huye Stadium is a pride to Rwanda and Rwandans. We will be able to host games starting from the one scheduled this Saturday,” she said.
“We are delighted with its design and installed equipment. Everything in the stadium is of good quality,” added Mimosa.
She explained that they have been working with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since renovation activities began to ensure smooth execution of the project.
Minister Mimosa revealed that Huye Stadium is under the management of Huye District which will work closely with the ministry for efficiency. She however stressed that they are considering third party to take over the management.
“The stadium is currently under the management of the district but we are working together to find third parties to manage stadiums as per designed policy to ensure they are well maintained and generate returns to the country,” she said.
The contractor has fast tracked renovation works since April so that Rwanda can host Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers in the country.
On Saturday 3rd September 2022, Rwanda’s national football team – Amavubi will host Ethiopia at the completed Huye Stadium at 3:00 p.m.
The stadium has the capacity of accommodating 7900 people.