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The Four-Star FERWAFA Hotel in Rwanda

The Federation of Rwandan Football Association recently completed constructing the 88-room FERWAFA hotel after almost five years. The FIFA Goal Project Development Program includes the FERWAFA Hotel as part of its goal to support developing countries in establishing the facilities and infrastructure necessary to promote the growth of football.
The 88-room facility’s construction was planned to cost Rwf4 billion and was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. However, due to financial limitations, construction was halted in 2018 when it was half complete.

After receiving $2.5 million from the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) via FIFA, FERWAFA commenced construction on the hotel in August 2021, constructing the first phase’s 40 rooms.

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The FIFA Congress will be held in Kigali on March 16, and according to the federation’s deputy spokesman Jules Karangwa, they are going to study how it will be administered so that the FIFA Congress can find a well-functioning hotel.

Two large conference rooms, two residential suites, two restaurants, and the reception are all housed on the ground floor. The top floor of the facility also has a parking lot. Each floor has 10 rooms. The first phase has been completed, and subsequent phases will add another 48 rooms.

The hotel will serve as the primary site for the residential camps for various national teams, and it will also provide rental offices to federations that currently do not have their own premises.

Reported on Jun 26, 2015

FIFA Goal project to fund Four-star hotel in Rwanda

A four-star hotel funded by the FIFA Goal project will be constructed in Rwanda next month, July by Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA); this is according to Federation president Vincent Nzamwita.

The hotel is anticipated to lessen the expenses that the Ministry of Sports and Culture (MINISPOC) incurs on national teams during residential training or accommodation for visiting national teams.

Apart from it being used by the national teams, FERWAFA is also planning to use it for commercial purposes so as to help in the generation of income for different sports activities.

The development which will cost US$ 6m is projected to be built in four phases with the first phase including the construction of 40 rooms. In total it will consist of 100 rooms. FIFA Goal Project Programme has provided a grant of US$ 3m towards the project while the other half will be sourced from a loan.

It will be erected on land next to the FERWAFA headquarters in Remera, currently occupied by Rwanda Police.

This project is part of the FIFA Goal project development program aimed at helping developing countries mainly in Africa and Asia to establish infrastructure and facilities to boost the growth of the game. To date, it has provided support to over 500 development projects, with US$ 200m invested.

Reported on April 25, 2016

Construction of four-Star FERWAFA hotel in Rwanda to resume

The construction of the four-star Football Federation hotel in Rwanda worth $5m is set to start next month, according to the Ministry of Sports and Culture and FERWAFA.

The ground-breaking work on the four-storey hotel structure began last August but in February it was stopped by Kigali City Authority due to a lack of construction permits.

Sports and Culture Minister, Julienne Uwacu confirmed the resumption of the construction on Friday, after acquiring the proper paperwork. The hotel is being erected on the section of land adjacent to the headquarters of FERWAFA in Remera, previously occupied by Rwanda Police.

She said that “The issue of the construction permit has been sorted, and we expect FERWAFA to receive the permit any time soon. We have been clear on this issue; construction came to a standstill because of the lack of a construction permit. Our work will resume because we don’t want to run the risk of losing the FIFA grant.”

The Minister refuted claims that stopping the construction was in connection to the arrest of FERWFA secretary general, Olivier Mulidahabi, who is currently remanded over the controversial awarding of the contract.

Mr. Vincent Nzamwita, the FERWAFA president could not comment on Mulidahabi’s court case but stressed that work will begin soon. The hotel will be constructed in four phases with the first phase including a structure of 40 rooms. FIFA has offered a grant of $2,896,640 towards the project while the other half will be in form of a loan.

Once completed, the hotel is well cut on the cost incurred by the Ministry of Sports and Culture (MINISPOC) on national teams during residential training or to offer accommodation for visiting national teams.

FERWAFA will also use the hotel to generate income for various sports activities. The hotel will have 100 rooms with the capacity to host three national teams.

Reported on August 14, 2017

US$ 203m geared towards completion of FERWAFA Hotel in Rwanda

The Moroccan football federation (FRMF) has set aside US$ 203m  for the construction of the FERWAFA Hotel. FRMF committed their annual FIFA Forward Fund to Rwanda Football Federation so as to see the project come to completion.

FIFA in conjunction with FRMF will fully finance the construction of the mega hotel. FIFA dedicated 65% and FRMF 35%. FERWAFA President Mr. Nzamwita Vincent and the CAF Executive Committee who doubles as the President of Morocco Royal Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa signed the agreement.

The signing between the two federations then gave FIFA the go-ahead to complete further payment procedures.

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“We are so grateful to FRMF for their financial support towards the project that will enable us to complete the construction of the hotel,” President Nzamwita confirmed.

Aim of constructing the hotel

He also pointed out that the main aim of constructing the hotel was to assist developing countries to establish infrastructure and facilities to boost the growth of the game. Apart from that, the aim is also to create long-lasting and sustainable income-generation activities.

The hotel is anticipated to reduce the costs incurred during residential training or accommodation during competitions. Moreover, the hotel will also serve as a means of generating income for different football activities; this is according to FERWAFA.

Once complete, the hotel will have 100 rooms with the capacity to host three national teams. It is being erected on the section of land adjacent to the headquarters of FERWAFA in Remera, previously occupied by Rwanda Police.

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation known as FRMF is the governing body of football in Morocco.

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