Kenyan among 63 match officials who will preside over AFCON.

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Referee Dr Peter Waweru

Kenyan center referee Dr Peter Waweru officiated Africa Cup of Nations match between debutants Comoros and Gabon in their Group C opener.

The match that took place at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, in the capital city of Yaounde in Cameroon saw Gabon win 1-0.

The University lecturer at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology is among the 63 match officials who will preside over AFCON.

According to JKUAT, Dr. Waweru is a Pure and Applied Mathematics Lecturer, at the School of Mathematical Sciences, in the College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS).

“He is an excellent example that anyone can excel at developing their talents and academics,” posted JKUAT on Facebook

“From @DiscoverJKUAT, we take this opportunity to wish him all the BEST in the entire tournament,” they said.

Waweru began his continental journey in 2015 when he officiated at the Caf Under-17 tournament in Niger before heading to Rwanda the following year for the 2016 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN).

Kenyans showered the Don with praises ahead of his assignment.

Sports journalist Carol Radul posted:

“Well done daktari.From Kenya to the world.#TheGamePlan

The continental showpiece began Sunday January 9 and will run to February 6.

AFCON will also see female match officials in charge in a ground-breaking achievement.

Salima Mukansanga in action during Guinea and Malawi

The female quartet are Salima Mukasanga (Rwanda), Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco) and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco).

Salima Mukansanga officiated the match between Guinea and Malawi.

They officiated at the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 and also at the African Nations Championship 2020 (CHAN).


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