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Eric Dusingizimana said teams will start using the stadium when the pitch is done. (Photo Courtesy: rwandacricket’s Instagram Account)

In what might come as good news for fans of Cricket in Rwanda and Africa, the Rwanda international cricket stadium foundation general manager Eric Dusingizimana has confirmed that the stadium will be ready by January 2017, however satting that the full completion of the entire project is expected in early 2018. The construction of the Rwf950.2 million international cricket stadium at Gahanga in Kicukiro district, started early last month. Dusingizimana who is also the national cricket team captain said teams will start using the stadium when the pitch is done. As of now the first phase invloving clearing the land, planting the grass is almost done. READ: Rwanda cricket captain Eric Dusingizimana creates Guinness record

“We are almost done with the first phase of clearing, and planting grass… . when the field is done, teams will start to use it as work on the entire stadium continues,” Dusingizimana said as quoted by Times Sport.

He also mentioned that the stadium will seek to increase the awareness regarding the sport once it is ready. Meanwhile, the game has gained popularity in Rwanda, especially in schools.

Since the last 15 years, over 10,000 Rwandans of all ages and categories have been introduced to cricket.

The Rwanda Cricket Stadium Trust had also signed a partnership with Surrey County Club to become their overseas charity partner. Surrey have donated £10,000 and have pledged to commit a further £40,000 in the course of the next five years.

Rwanda’s captain Dusingizimana himself has a unique record to his name. He broke the Guinness record of batting for the most number of hours in the nets as he batted for 51 hours once.