Kamaku Officiates at CHAN as Mali Sails to the Semis

Dr. Kamaku in action at the CHAN tournament

The Director of Sports at JKUAT, Dr. Peter Waweru Kamaku, served as the centre referee during the Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) quarter-final match played on Saturday evening, January 30, 2021, pitting Mali against Congo Brazzaville, at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Cameroon.

Dr. Waweru, who lectures at the College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS), was assisted by Kenya’s Gilbert Cheruiyot (first assistant referee), Lionel Hasinjarasoa from Madagascar (second assistant referee), and Daniel Nii Ayii Laryea from Ghana (fourth official).

In the hotly contested match that came to a barren draw at 90 minutes, the Eagles of Mali snatched victory from Congo Brazzaville in a penalty shoot-out, winning 5-4, and becoming the first team to qualify to the Total African Nations Championship, 2020. They remain the leaders of their Group A in the competition.

This is not the first time the Sports Director is officiating at an international competition, having previously performed as centre referee at the CAF Champions League, and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where he made history as the first Kenyan to officiate at that level.

In the current competitions, Dr. Kamaku also officiated the Niger versus Democratic Republic of Congo match on 25th January, and will be a reserve referee at tonight’s semi-final clash between Morocco and the hosts Cameroon.

The Eagles of Mali celebrate after their victory over Congo

According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the selection of the final group of referees was made on the basis of their physical and athletic skills, as well as their understanding of football and their ability to read the game.

The 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) kicked off from 16 January, and is expected to end on 7 February 2021 in Cameroon. Nineteen (19) referees, twenty (20) assistant referees and eight (8) video assistant referees were selected for this first major competition under the COVID-19 era. They are drawn from 31 countries in the continent.

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