Today President Paul Kagame opened the newly constructed Gahanga cricket stadium in Kicukiro district, Kigali city.
“We are very happy to have this cricket pavilion and ground built and by that, we remember Christopher Shale in whose memory this stadium has been built. It is a great pleasure for us Rwanda, one, to have this facility, second, to have partners and friends from UK and to introduce and spread the enjoyment of playing cricket in Rwanda for the first time,”he said.
International cricket legends including British Brian Charles Lara and former captain of English cricket team Michael Paul Vaughan were present.
The cricket stadium was constructed by an estimated Rwf950 million and comprises a Luxurious bar and changing rooms.
The Rwanda’s Cricket Association President, Eddie Balaba Mugarura said that the stadium will help them organize big competitions and host international teams.
“This stadium will be a platform for Rwandan players to compete with others from different countries including Britain,” he said.
The minister of sports and culture Julienne Uwacu said that the stadium will help youths engaged in cricket to develop their talents.
“There cannot be any development in sports and sports women and men when there are no sports infrastructure like this cricket stadium,” she said.