The ceremony took place on Wednesday 15th March 2023. The sporting facility which previously carried the name of Kigali Stadium has been inaugurated after undergoing renovation.
The official inauguration was also characterized by a football match between veterans as part of events on agenda of the 73rd FIFA Congress held in Kigali.
Renovation works that began on 4th January 2023 include replacement of turf on the pitch and roof, renovation of the dressing room and spraying new paints on different sections among others.
The stadium was renamed as after the death of Brazilian football legend, Pele who died last year.
Speaking at the event, President Kagame thanked Gianni Infantino for being part of the event and providing the opportunity bringing together delegates at the launch of Kigali Pelé Stadium.
He said that the life of Pelé is an inspiration for many people with aspirations to do great things.
“Pelé brought the whole world together, a man from humble beginnings who rose to the level of excellence. That is an inspiration to many in the world with such backgrounds. That gives them hope that they can do things that bring them to the same level," noted Kagame.
He said that the stadium is a facility where young women and men will come together to play and draw inspiration from Pelé.
Gianni Infantino said that the event was a great occasion that saw representatives from across the world convening in Kigali. The stadium is located in Nyamirambo.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento Pelé is Brazilian footballer whose extraordinary talent and unmatched achievements made him a global icon.
Widely considered the greatest footballer of all time, Pele is the only player to win the World Cup three times, having lifted the sport’s most prestigious trophy in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
His celebrated career included 732 goals in 792 games for club and country.
Pelé died at the age of 82 on 29th December 2023 succumbing to natural cause.
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