Jan 20, 2022

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Kenya, Rwanda referees on duty in Afcon

Kenya may not be one of the nations competing in the Africa Cup of Nations final in Cameroon, but the country is represented by two men who are among the tournament’s 63 match officials.

Experienced referee Peter Waweru Kamaku and Gilbert Cheruiyot will be referees and assistant referees respectively for the tournament, which runs until February 6th.

At the Cameroon tournament, female match officials will also be responsible for a groundbreaking performance.

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The women’s quartet Salima Mukasanga (Rwanda), Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco) and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco) continue their pioneering achievements.

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

Mukasanga will be match referee – a first for a woman at the tournament – with Atemzabong and Jermoumi as assistant referees, while Karboubi will be assistant referees in the video tant Referee (VAR) panel.

“The match officials were selected based on their experience, skills and current form. In the past few months, they have undergone several aptitude tests in preparatory courses and real competitive games. Only the best will officiate at this extraordinary event. The roster includes two referees from Concacaf as part of our inter-confederate skills exchange program, “said Eddy Maillet, director of referees for the Confederation of African Football, when he announced the names last month.