Kenyan referees picked for CHAN duty

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Two Kenyan referees will be on duty in the 2016 African Nations Championships (CHAN) tournament in Rwanda, scheduled to start on Saturday 16 January.

Davies Omweno has been selected as one of the center referees in the tournament whereas Aden Marwa will be one of the assistant referees picked and will be leaving for duty on the second week of January.

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Confirming their selection for the tournament, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Head of Technical Committee Elly Mukolwe termed their appointment another indicator of the growing standards among Kenyan referees.

While lauding the two for the appointment, he said the federation’s aim has always been to have at least two referees officiating in a FIFA World Cup.

With Aden Marwa already having had a taste of the biggest football tournament, Mukolwe is convinced that with the investment placed in the duo by FIFA and CAF, the prospects are good heading to the 2018 World Cup.

“We are targeting to have a center referee and an assistant referee officiating in a World Cup and at the moment we have a very good chance with these two, FIFA and CAF have invested well in them and we hope they will be picked in 2018,”  he said.

The two combined have officiated in a number of high profile matches on the continent in the recent past and with no complaints filed. A good show at the CHAN tourney will definitely be a big boost to their profiles.