Five years after its creation, the International Federation of Veteran Football (FIFVE) announces the first edition of the World Championship for Veteran Clubs, in July 2024, in Rwanda.
Obviously, the passion for football never dies. For the first time, the veterans will have their world championship. Rwanda will host the first edition in July 2024. The International Federation of Veterans Football (FIFVE) was created in 2016 and is behind this unsurpassed gathering. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by FIFVE and the Rwanda Football Association (FERWAFA), in the presence of Patrick Mboma, a former striker for Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions, who became FIFVE Ambassador. To date, the association has 36 member associations and has already organized 13 tournaments in 5 countries.
The desire to keep the old players going “For about ten days, legends, veterans, football enthusiasts as well as many personalities will meet in Kigali to share what football offers best, namely: brotherhood, respect and development opportunities,” FIFVE wrote in a statement.
The event will also be marked by the promotion of social measures, the holding of an economic investment forum and the visit of Rwandan tourist sites. We should see between 16 and 20 teams compete. This meeting should take place every four years. There should be some meetings between two championships. Rwanda quickly became interested in the idea and was one of the first countries to react positively to the organization of this veteran world championship.
“There was a desire to keep the old players to continue playing for as long as possible and to use these meetings to discuss topics about the football world. It is one of the ways to promote this sport with former actors,” explains RFI Hervé Kouamouo, responsible “We will try to broadcast these matches as widely as possible,” he added.
According to the press release, the main task of this first gathering is above all to show through sporting, cultural, social and economic actions that the passion for football never dies, but develops over time.