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Two Kenyan Referees to Officiate at 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Kenyan referees Mary Njoroge and Gilbert Cheruiyot will officiate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The two assistant referees were selected by FIFA on Friday and will be in charge during the men and women’s football tournaments.

The two top referees are part of the 99 officials selected by Fifa from 51 countries.

They will take charge of football matches at the global summer event which is slated to start in July 23 to August 8.

Twenty-five centre referees, 50 assistant referees, 20 video match officials and four support referees will be in Tokyo for the Summer Games.

Assistant referees Mary Njoroge(left) and Gilbert Cheruiyot (far righjt) during a past KPL match in Kenya.[Photo-Standard Media]

Tokyo’s assignment adds to what has been a busy calendar for both Cheruiyot and Njoroge.

Earlier this year, Cheruiyot in January assisted his compatriot Peter Waweru Kamaku in officiating the 2021 Total Africa Nations Championships quarterfinals match between Mali and Congo

On the other hand, Mary’s star has continued to rise in the male dominated field.

Kenyan Assistant Referee Gilbert Cheruiyot.[Courtesy]

Njoroge in April officiated in the Caf Confederation Cup group stage match pitting Cameroon’s Coton Sport against Zambia’s Napsa Stars.

Apart from regularly handling Kenyan Premier League games, she has also officiated some top games both in the continental and outside.

Mary Njoroge(center) during a past Gor Mahia match in Kenya[Courtesy]

She has the 2019 FIFA Women World Cup as well as the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers in her resume.

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