Rwanda, well known for exemplary love and support for world sports, officially opened the Nyamirambo Stadium in Kigali and named it after Brazilian and world football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele).
Previously known as Nyamirambo Stadium, on March 15th 2023, it was renamed Kigali Pele Stadium. The venue holds a capacity of 22,000, and is now home to the Rwandan national team. The name change is a symbolic gesture to honour the legacy of one of the greatest football players of all time.
The inauguration of the stadium was part of the remarkable activities that took places during the 73rd congress of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) that was hosted by Rwanda in March 2023.
FIFA is the World’s football, futsal and beach soccer Governing Body that also develops these games around the Globe and its congress is convened as ordinary (each year) or extraordinary (by the FIFA Council) at any time with support of one-fifth of FIFA members.
Since 1998, the FIFA Congress has been held after every two years and in 2023, Rwanda hosted the 73rd Congress making it the fourth African country to ever host the event.
The 73rd FIFA Congress was held from 13th to 17th March 2023 after Kigali won a bid during the 72nd FIFA Congress held on 31st March 2022 in Doha. This International Event attracted
over 2000 delegates from around the World that included all the 211 FIFA Members, heads of Confederations as well as all invitees, where also the FIFA President was announced.
Kigali, Rwanda hosting the 73rd FIFA Congress comes barely a year after they hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). These events are in line with Rwanda’s goal to become a hub for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) and one of the Continent’s leading business tourism destinations.
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