Kenyan duo to handle 7s

Published on 11/06/2009

By BS Mulavi

Two Kenyan referees have been named for the Safari Sevens tournament scheduled to kick off on 19th June.

The Safari Sevens organising committee has released a list of four referees, which includes Kenyans Godwin Karuga and John Bosco Muamba alongside Johannes Salmans and David Rose from the South Africa Rugby Union. The entire list will be availed soon as the organisers strive to pick only the best referees for the tournament.

“We are considering elite referees because of the profile of the tournament. Since we hosting many professional players, we will seek higher end match officials,” said Ian Amogola, Chairman of the Kenya Rugby Referees Society.

“Other referees to be considered will be from England, South Africa and Namibia. In fact, we are also going to use highly qualified match reviewers and match officials’ coaches. Some of the officials in this tournament are currently involved with the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa,” added Amogola

Muamba is on the IRB Talent Identification Programme (TIP) while Karuga has a wealth of experience in the middle for Africa Rugby Confederation (CAR) matches. Both referees have also had experience in the IRB Sevens World Series.

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