SPORTS: CAF appoints Kenyan ref for Eagles, S’Leone clash

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The Confederation of African Football has appointed Kenyan, Peter Kamaku, as the centre referee for next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria and Sierra Leone in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The Super Eagles will square up against the Leone Stars in the first match of a crucial double-header on November 13 at the refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.

 Kamaku will be assisted by compatriots Gilbert Kipkoech Cheruiyot (Assistant Referee 1) and Tony Mudanyi Kidiya (Assistant Referee 2), while Anthony Juma Ogwayo will serve as the fourth official.

The 38-year-old Pure Mathematics lecturer at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture, Kenya, will be officiating a game that involves the Nigerian national team for the first time.

Nigeria currently top Group L with six points after victories against Benin and Lesotho in 2019, while Sierra Leone are bottom of the log after a draw and loss in their first two outings.

 A win for Nigeria will see them qualify for a second consecutive AFCON finals after finishing third at the 2019 edition in Egypt.

Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, is expected to name his squad for the qualifiers later this week, with Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, Rangers, and Galatasaray midfielders, Joe Aribo and Oghenekaro Etebo, who all missed the team’s recent friendlies in Austria, expected to make a return back to the squad.

Source: Punch Newspaper