Football is extremely popular in Rwanda
. In the past, the country has suffered great political unrest caused by tribal warfare and even genocide, and sport was quite evidently affected by this situation. In 1994, the national association re-launched competitions and entered the international fray once again. In 1999, FIFAs support allowed a tournament for East and Central African countries (CECAFA) to be held in Rwanda
, with the home team lifting the trophy. This was Rwandan footballs greatest day to date. But more importantly, Rwanda
showed the world that it had opened its borders and could welcome foreign visitors once again.