AFCON 2023: Kenyan Professor Refereeing at Tournament to Pocket N1 Million Per Match

AFCON 2023: Kenyan Professor Refereeing at Tournament to Pocket N1 Million Per Match

  • The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 tournaments entered the second week after kicking off on January 13, 2024
  • The one-month tournament, hosted by Cote d'Ivoire, will see referees pocket over N1 million for each match
  • The Confederation of African Football (CAF) raised the referee earnings plus lump sum payments that will see referees pocketing more journalist Victor Enengedi has over a decade's experience covering Energy, MSMEs, Technology and the stock market.

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2023) is being officiated by 26 centre referees, 30 assistants, and 12 VAR officials.

Peter Waweru is a renowned Kenyan referee at FIFA.
Peter Waweru was picked among 26 centre referees to officiate AFCON 2023. Photo: Grace Mwelu
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Kenya's Peter Waweru Kamaku was picked among the 26 centre referees, alongside other Kenyans - Gilbert Cheruiyot and Stephen Yiembe in the assistant referee posts.

Which AFCON 2024 matches has Peter Waweru officiated?

Waweru officiated the group-stage match between Morocco and DRC Congo, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

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In 2021, he was appointed to oversee the Total CHAN2021 final between Mali and Morocco.

The university don officiated at his third straight AFCON tournament after making his debut at the AFCON 2019 edition held in Egypt.

How much will Peter Waweru get as a referee?

According to BBC Sport, all referees at AFCON matches are paid $1,200 (N1,069,212), the amount that was raised by former CAF president Ahmad Ahmad in 2017.

This figure was revised from $750 (N668,625) and has remained unchanged, even as the federation increased this year's prize money.

This means Waweru, as a centre referee, will get the N1,069,212 plus other lump sum payments, including awards and fees, should he emerge among the top referees in the tournament ending February 11, 2024.

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Waweru, a holder of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pure Mathematics and a senior lecturer at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), is highly experienced at this level.

KCee wins N11.7m After Nigeria Beat Ivory Coast

In related news, reported that Nigerian singer KCee has benefited from the Super Eagles' victory against Ivory Coast.

On January 17, 2024, the Limpopo hitmaker made news when he bet N3 million on his country to defeat Cote d'Ivoire.

He posted the pictorial evidence, stating that if Super Eagles win Group A's second match, the whopping sum of N11.7 million would be his.

In the joyous video he posted on Instagram, Kcee jumped for joy alongside singer Teni, who cheered him on for his daring move.


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