The Observer (Kampala)

13 December 2012

Rwanda: Villa Off to Rwanda for Friendly Matches

A 26-man contingent of SC Villa players, technical staff and management travel to Kigali, Rwanda today aboard Rwandair for a five day visit under the auspices of the Rwanda government. The Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the nation's army that ended the 1994 genocide was formed back in 1987 and will be celebrating 25 years of existence with a string of activities over the coming week.

This will include football matches that Villa will play in. The invitation of Villa to this occasion follows the support that Rwandan President Paul Kagame has had towards the Jogoos dating back to his days living in Uganda as one of the soldiers that fought in the NRA during the bush war that overthrew the Milton Obote rule back in 1986.

Alongside him was another soldier Fred Rwigyema, who was another ardent Villa fan but died during the war that brought the RPF into power in 1994. The Villa team will be led by club chairman, Fred Muwema and they return on December 19.

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