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Football | Kenya

Kenyan refs get Afcon nod



Two of Kenya’s top referees have been given the green light to officiate at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) set to be hosted by South Africa in January/February next year.

Aden Marwa, a teacher by profession from South Nyanza, has been selected together with his compatriot Sylvester Kirwa, a chaplain from Moi’s Bridge in Eldoret.

The pair have been selected to officiate at the continental showpiece after taking part in the CAF elite course for referees in Egypt in early November. The duo will travel to South Africa on Tuesday 15 January, four days before the tournament kicks off.

Marwa – who officiated at the 2012 AFCON, co-staged in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea – feels their selection is a healthy sign for Kenyan football.

“It feels good to be selected for the second time and I hope to do a good job again because these things do not come easily. I am happy and it is also great that two of us from the same country were selected for the top most job on the continent,” he said.

“Having two officials from the same country also means that Kenyan football is moving in the right direction, which is very positive and it is thanks to all the stakeholders.”

The competition will ignite on Saturday 19 January, and will conclude on Sunday February 10.

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