Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport in the night of 10th October 2022, Gatete revealed that he was impressed by the country’s magnificence.
“I am overwhelmed with joy. I can see the country and Kigali City have undergone a lot of transformations. It is my pleasure to be back to my motherland where I will have an opportunity to interact with Rwandans whom I have been missing so much,” he said.
Gatete played for different teams in Rwanda including Mukura VS, Rayon Sports and APR FC.
He scored goals as Rwanda faced off Uganda and Ghana that helped the country to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2004.
Gatete, Khalilou Fadiga and Patrick Mboma arrived before other veteran players including Roger Milla, Lilian Thuram and Laura Georges awaited in Rwanda to attend the official launch of The ‘Legends in Rwanda’ between 12th and 14th October 2022.
The ‘Legends in Rwanda’ tour seeks to promote the 2024 Veteran Clubs World Championship to attract global participation, mobilize the Rwandan and African to be part of the event, promote Visit Rwanda campaign and recruit business, institutional, operational and media partners as well.
The promotional tour was organized by the International Federation of Football Veterans.
Throughout the two-day tour, the veteran footballers will meet with the Minister of Sports, president of Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA).
They will also participate in talks on different topics in the areas of education, economy, tourism and interact with aspiring young footballers.
The Veteran Clubs World Championship (VCWC) is due in Rwanda for the first time in May 2024.
It will bring together 150 football veterans from 40 countries (eight teams) facing off in 20 games.