President Paul Kagame met with visiting CAF President Ahmad in Kigali on Monday evening as the CAF boss climaxed his three-day official visit to Rwanda.
Ahmad arrived in Rwanda on Saturday for his first official visit as head of the African football’s governing body a year after his election.
After holding talks with Rwanda Football Federation, visiting Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre on Sunday and attending the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) held at Kigali Convention Centre in the capital Kigali, the CAF president paid courtesy call on Kagame following his return from India where he attended the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Summit.
Ahmad was accompanied by the president of Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) Nzamwita Vincent, Minister of Sports and Culture, Madam UWacu Juliene, and CAF Presidential Advisors Hedi Hamel and Loic Gerand.
Ahmad paid tribute to President Kagame’s passion and love for football, particularly commending him for his continued financial support toward the regional CECAFA Kagame Cup competition that attracts top clubs from more than 10 regional countries.
He also thanked him for the support accorded to him during the elections of the CAF Presidency last year.
President Kagame assured Ahmad his support towards his mandate of bringing changes and reforms to the African football body as well as developing African football (youth and women).
During his visit, Ahmad paid a memorable visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre on Sunday, were he had had a first-hand sense of the horrors of the past that led to the 1994 Genocide in which up to one million innocent Tutsis and moderate Hutus perished in one of the most horrible and systematically planned genocides in history.
President Ahmad donated $2000 to go into the maintenance of the centre and in their campaign of continuous genocide prevention and the fight against genocidal ideology.
Alongside Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) president Vincent Nzamwita, CAF President Ahmad met and held talks with the Minister of Sports and Culture Uwacu Julienne.
On Monday, the CAF President attended the Forum organized by the African Union of Broadcasting. At the African Union of Broadcasting Forum, President Ahmad also held talks with Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, Mme. Louise Mushikiwabo.