A new cricket stadium under construction in Rwanda is expected to open ahead of schedule, after project managers revealed that phase one of the project is in its final stages.

According to English-language newspaper The New Times, the first phase of the project, which only began in June of this year, is slated to finish in March.

The second and final stages of construction will take less time than the opening phase, with those working on the €1.1m ($1.2m/£930,600) project hoping that the stadium could be open before the end of next year. The facility is being built at Gahanga in Kigali’s Kicukiro District.

Eric Dusingizimana, General Manager of Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, said: “Our plan is to open the ground by October next year.

“Upon completion, the stadium will attract many international players and tournaments as well as avail modern training facilities, which will boost the development of the sport in the country and region at large.”