In a rather lackluster first 70 minutes of play in the season’s opening game, Manchester City’s substitute, Cole Palmer, appeared to secure victory with a stunning strike. However, the momentum shifted when Leandro Trossard equalized in the 101st minute with a deflected shot that found the back of the net.
The match was eventually decided through a dramatic penalty shootout. Kevin de Bruyne, also a substitute, saw his shot hit the crossbar, and Rodri’s attempt was saved, paving the way for Fabio Vieira to convert his shot and secure the prestigious trophy for Arsenal.
For President Kagame, who is well-known for his ardent support for the North London club, this victory provided a significant psychological boost to Arsenal as they embark on their journey towards the Premier League title.
Shortly after the match, President Kagame expressed his excitement and congratulated Arsenal on their "much-needed" win just before the start of the new season, which is scheduled to kick off on August 11.
“Congrats. #Arsenal. Shows what’s to come !! You can only LUV it !!” he tweeted.
Since 2018, Rwanda entered a tourism partnership with Arsenal, resulting in the "Visit Rwanda ’’ slogan being featured on the sleeves of all the Premier League club’s team jerseys.