In 2020, the project will start with an upgrade for Remera Stadium from a seating capacity of 25,000 people to 45,000 people as well as an upgrade of Petit Stade which will be given the capacity to host international championships.
Claver Gatete, Minister of Infrastructure said that after the upgrade, Amahoro stadium will meet international standards after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) disqualified it from hosting international championships.
Amahoro stadium construction started in 1983 and it was inaugurated in 1987. In the past, the media complained about the stadium details stating that the pillars in the stadium made it challenging to capture every moment of a game on camera.
IGIHE sources say the government of Rwanda expects to complete construction activities in two years even though to date, no contractor was chosen.
Some infrastructures will be relocated
Minister Gatete said that to facilitate the construction of the sports hub in Remera, some institutions and other infrastructures will be relocated to avail the 35 Hectares needed to complete construction.
“Rwanda Biomedical Center, Remera Police Station, MTN service center, Remera dispensary, Remera Catholic school and other surrounding institutions towards Kimironko where a new hotel owned by Ferwafa is under construction, will be relocated to give space to the sports hub.”
The Master plan illustrating the sports hub have been completed with regards to sports Rwandans and tourists can play.
Minister Gatete said “We will upgrade Petit Stade and give it the capacity to welcome international competitions, Paralympic games, pools and other disciplines. “He stated that the Master plan also includes a space for 7 tennis courts and various other game fields. The construction activities will begin this year.
The Master Plan anticipates an auction to investors for RBC plot for building a mall that will complement the sports hub.
The sports hub will also be an addition to Kigali Golf Club which is currently under renovation. Once completed, the golf course will have thrice its previous size and will have the capacity to host international golf competitions.
Kigali Golf Club will be upgraded from a subset course of nine holes to a standard course with 18 holes.
Four years ago, Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) published Gahanga stadium and Exhibition centre plan and final touches are being made promising construction activities to start soon.
The project delayed in 2014, after Bibilax Ltd, a Turkish contracting company presented a plan that was not approved. There is no information if Remera sports hub has replaced the construction of Gahanga stadium.
However, Minister Gatete stated the construction plan for Gahanga stadium was being finalized and that it will also include a sports academy.
On Thursday, January 30th, 2020, Munyangaju Aurore Mimosa, Minister of Sports hosted Paris St Germain representatives where they discussed different subjects to promote football in Rwanda and cooperation with Ferwafa.
Part of the agreement between RDB and Paris Saint-Germain says the team will support young Rwandan footballers to reach their full potential by organizing training programmes for both coaches and youth through a sports academy. Commentators linked it to the academy Minister Gatete mentioned that will be constructed in Gahanga.