Football will always be used to unite people – Hayatou
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.
Flamingoes players in victory dance after their 2-1 win over China at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup