Dr. Waweru Kamaku, JKUAT’s Director of Sports, became Kenya’s first Center Referee to officiate a match at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). He was the Center Referee for the final group D match between Namibia and Ivory Coast where Ivory Coast hammered Namibia four goals to one, Monday, July 1, 2019.
He was assisted by another Kenyan also making his debut at AFCON, Gilbert Cheruiyot and Souru Phatsoane from Lesotho.
It is the biggest tournament the Pure and Applied Mathematics don at JKUAT has officiated at continental level. “I am very grateful and happy for the opportunity. It is an honour to be the first Kenyan Center Referee to preside over a match at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament,” said Dr. Kamaku.
Dr. Waweru, a FIFA accredited referee, was in Niger, February 2-17, 2019, for the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, his first major assignment since earning his badge in 2017. He is confident that the experience gained from AFCON will propel him to the global level.
Known for his precision, calmness and fairness when officiating a football match, Dr. Kamaku took his first match at the grand stage in his stride. It was the complete opposite of his first Kenya Premier League match in 2013 between AFC Leopards and Chemilil that was characterized by hooliganism and he never got to blow the final whistle.