Kenyan referee Kirwa picked for 2015 Afcon

Kenyan referee Kirwa picked for 2015 Afcon
Kirwa in action in a Kenyan League match

by Andrew Oryada

Tuesday Dec 23, 2014. 10:21

Sylvester Kirwa is among the three referees from the Council for East and Central African Football Association (Cecafa) region that have been picked for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Kenyan who also officiated at the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa is among the high profile referees selected to handle the event that takes place January 17 to February 8 in Equatorial Guinea.

The list of over 20 referees released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) also has Bamlak Tessma Weyesu (Ethiopia) and El Fadil Mohamed Hussein (Sudan) from the Cecafa region. The assistants from the Cecafa region include; Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundi), Hassan Egueh Yacin (Djibouti), Marwa Range (Kenya), Theogene Ndagijimana (Rwanda) and Ali Waleed Ahmed from Sudan.

However, no Ugandan referee will be at the tournament. Ahmed Hussein, the Fufa spokesman told URN that three other Ugandans will be part of the different committees at the tournament. Dr James Sekajugo will be part of the medical committee, while Charles Masembe and Rogers Mulindwa will sit on the referees’ appointment and media committees respectively.

The event will also miss defending champions Nigeria who failed to make it in the qualifier. The nations that will participate in the tournament include; Equatorial Guinea (hosts), Algeria, Cape Verde, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Senegal, South Africa, Zambia, Cameroon, Congo, Mali, Ghana, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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