Foot­ball will al­ways be used to unite people – Hay­a­tou

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Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball Pres­i­dent, Issa Hay­a­tou joined world dig­ni­taries in Ki­gali, Rwanda to com­mem­o­rate the 20th an­niver­sary of the Rwanda Geno­cide. He vis­ited the Ki­gali Geno­cide Me­mo­rial where he laid a wreath on a mass grave.

Pres­i­dent Hay­a­tou who was also rep­re­sent­ing FIFA in his ca­pac­ity as FIFA Vice Pres­i­dent said, “Foot­ball will al­ways be used for unity and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion among people. This tragedy should not be al­lowed to hap­pen again in the his­tory of hu­man be­ings. Foot­ball will con­tinue serv­ing as a tool to unite African people and the sport will con­tinue to play an im­por­tant role to unite people and coun­tries help­ing pre­vent and fight against Geno­cide world­wide”.

He added, “What hap­pened here in 1994 should never be al­lowed to oc­cur in any coun­try, be it in Africa or in the world. As CAF, we are here to show the world that we can be united by the use of a pow­er­ful tool called foot­ball. Foot­ball is a pow­er­ful force that reaches out to ev­ery­one; fos­ter­ing pos­i­tive trans­for­ma­tion and de­vel­op­ment in many lands,” Hay­a­tou said.

Pres­i­dent Hay­a­tou was ac­com­pa­nied on his visit to the Me­mo­rial by CAF 2nd Vice-pres­i­dent Al­mamy Ka­bele Ca­mara, CAF Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Hicham El Am­rani and Rwanda Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion chair­man Nzamwita Vin­cent De­gaule.

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