In May 2024, football veterans from across the world will come to Rwanda to participate in the VCWC 2024. The tournament will be taking place in Africa for the first time.
In preparations of the tournament, a promotional tour dubbed ‘Legends in Rwanda’ kicked off in Kigali City on Wednesday 12th October 2022.
‘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 (FIFVE).
The official launch of the promotional tour brought together legendary football players including Roger Milla from Cameroun, Khalilou Fadiga from Senegal, Patrick Mboma from Cameroun, Ghanaian Anthony Baffoe and French national Lilian Thuram.
The event was also attended by government officials, members of the private sector and other sports personalities.
As he addressed participants, the president of FERWAFA, Olivier Nizeyimana Mugabo said that the anticipated VCWC 2024 will coincide with Rwanda’s 30th Liberation Anniversary.
He explained that Rwanda is eager to host the tournament given that it has a mega project for the renovation of Amahoro Stadium to be completed during VCWC 2024.
“Amahoro Stadium will be completed in March 2024. It will be opened by Veteran Clubs World Championship. From 1994 to 2024, Rwanda will be hosting the 30th Liberation Anniversary. These veteran footballers will help to invite Rwandan diaspora in Africa and beyond to join us,” Mugabo said.
During the tour, the veteran footballers will interact with different officials, investors and representatives from the Civil Society to increase awareness about the historical tournament.
In light of this; Veteran footballers will visit 11 cities including Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos and Abidjan in Africa; Brussels, Berlin, Paris and London in Europe as well as Washington DC, Ottawa in the United States and Singapore in Asia.
The Minister of Sports, Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju requested participants to return to Rwanda after touring the world and ensure that the tournament leaves a legacy for future generations.
Legendary football players also delivered a talk revolving around the role of sports in development.
Once completed, the Amahoro Stadium being upgraded to international standards, will have the capacity to accommodate 45,000 people.