The small Central African country announced the move on Friday, a week ahead of the continental soccer contest which is hosted by Rwanda mid January.
“Our government has waived visa fees for all nationals from CHAN participating countries which gives an opportunity to soccer fans from their countries to attend, and cheer their teams. This will boost the competitiveness of the game,” Julienne Uwacu, Rwanda’s minister of sports and culture told reporters on Friday.
The official who was addressing a news conference in the Rwanda, Capital Kigali noted that the country was ready to host CHAN 2016.
“The soccer competition atmosphere has been set. Everything needed for supporting the tournament has been put in place and we are waiting for the kick-off day which is next week Friday,” she added.
Uwacu said that there will be an opening ceremony on January 16 before the opening game.
Rwanda will kick off CHAN competition against Côte d’Ivoire in the tournament’s opening match on January 16 at Amahoro National stadium in the Capital Kigali.
CHAN has excited Rwanda football enthusiasts and government officials who have poured their support to CHAN on social media sites and TV shows.
The fourth edition of CHAN will kick off from January 16 and run until February 7.The teams are Rwanda,Gabon, Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire,Tunisia, Nigeria, Niger, Guinea, DR Congo, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Mali, Uganda and Zambia. Enditem