It is a widely known factor that sport can boost a country’s economy due to the wide opportunities that come with it. This has been visible in countries that have invested heavily in different sports. Uganda’s neighbor in the Southwest seems to be taking this venture a notch higher than other East African countries.
At first, Rwanda was able to secure a sponsorship deal with English football Giants, Arsenal. Arsenal then printed the logo of Visit Rwanda on the sleeves of their jerseys.
Now in a bid to boost the sporting fraternity, Rwanda has gone ahead to pump millions into its sports as was evidenced over the weekend.
This is after American celebrated rapper J.Cole featured for Rwanda Patriots Basketball Club in the Basketball Africa League. The rapper who announced that he would pursue his childhood dream of playing basketball went ahead to announce his contract with the Rwandan side.
The rapper came off the bench in the last minute of the opening quarter and got himself on the scoring sheet instantly.
He went on to score three points, securing three rebounds and giving out a pair of assists in 17 minutes on the court.
His team, the Patriots finally defeated Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers 83-60 in a game that was broadcast on national television in the United States.
In another major sporting monumental day for Rwanda, legendary Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger graced a CAF executive meeting in Kigali. Wenger was not the only one present in the big wigs as FIFA president Gianni Infantino and CAF president Patrice Motsepe were also present.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame was also in attendance and showed his gratitude in a tweet.
“It can not be better for Rwanda and Africa’s Football Development than under the Global/FIFA leadership of Prez. Gianni Infantino and CAF Prez. Patrice Moetsepe. Just had an excellent meeting with them and the Chiefs of Africa’s federations. Productive and new mindset…#Congrats.”He tweeted.
They geared this meeting towards supporting and empowering African football.
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