Kenyan referees chosen for CHAN tournament
By Samuel Ouma
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has included two Kenyans in the list of 39 referees who will preside over the African Nation’s Championship (CHAN).
The two are Dr. Peter Waweru, a lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology as a central referee, and Gilbert Cheruiyot as an assistant referee.
Dr. Waweru will have another opportunity to show his prowess at the continental level after doing the same at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. So far, he has officiated 12 continental matches, including Confederation Cup, CAF Champions League, and group stage afcon matches.
CHAN is a showpiece created for players plying their trade in the domestic leagues. This year’s tournament is set to kick off on January 16 and run to February 7, 2021, in Cameroon.
The host will start their campaign against Zimbabwe before taking Mali and Burkina Faso on January 20 and 24, respectively.
DR Congo, the tournament’s most successful team, were seeded in Group B together with Congo Brazaville, Libya, and Niger. DRC have won the cup two times.
The defending champions Morocco are in Group B, and they will compete against Togo, Rwanda, and Uganda.
In Group D, Zambia will face Namibia, Guinea, and Tanzania.
CHAN was scheduled to take place in 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.