Burundi Football Federation (FFB) during a meeting held on September 20th 2022 in Bujumbura presented a renovation plan of Intwari stadium expecting it to meet the international standard and expected be finished by next year.
“Alongside the architect who is helping us, we held this meeting so as to analyze what is needed so that the Intwari stadium would meet the international standards and see if it is going to be given a green light to host international competitions,” said Arcade Nimubona the second Vice president of FFB.
In November 2021 while contesting for the position of the president of the Burundi Football Federation, Alexandre Muyenge vowed to prioritize the building of the stadiums that meet international standards as soon as possible.
Muyenge emphasized that all what was needed were funds.
However, Arcade Nimubona the second vice president of FFB did not mention anywhere of any organization which has so far funded the project, and the amount the construction will cost remained classified.
“We came up with the nomination of a commission of people who are going to help us to inspect. They will have to submit that list within a week. We have so far given ourselves 8 months. By that time we want Intwari Stadium which can host International competition,” added Mr. Nimubona.
On his way back from Tunisia in the Tokyo International Summit for the Development of Africa on August 29, 2022, Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye indicated that a funding worth $30 billion was approved to fulfil some projects including the construction of a sports complex of international standards.
Confederation of African Football (CAF) issued a warning to Burundi on May 4, 2021 where the African football governing body said that Burundi was no longer authorized to host international competitions since last June due to the substandard infrastructure.
However it should be noted that FIFA has since December 2021, planned to build at least one stadium meeting FIFA standards in every African country underscores a recent index on failure of governance in most parts of Africa.