Kenyan referee Peter Waweru Kamaku has caught the attention of the football world for all the right reasons after his academic qualifications were shared on social media.
Waweru and his compatriot Gilbert Cheruiyot were in charge of Gabon’s victory over the Comoros in the 2021 African Cup of Nations on Monday evening.
The tournament takes place in five cities in Cameroon, attracting 24 teams.
In addition to refereeing matches at the highest level, Waweru, a scholar doctor, is a sports director, lecturer and alumnus of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
“Dr Waweru is Professor of Pure and Applied Mathematics in the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences of our College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS). He is a great example that anyone can excel in developing their talents and academics, ”the University confirmed on its Facebook page.
Dr Waweru, has also officiated in both the CAF Champions League and the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in the past.
He began his continental journey as a referee in 2015 when he officiated at the CAF Under-17 tournament in Niger before traveling to Rwanda the following year for the African Nations Championships (CHAN ) 2016.
In 2017 Cheruiyot, 36, was a FIFA accredited referee with CAF Elite ‘A’ rank to his name and was one of the match officials who officiated the CAF Under-20 tournament in Zambia.
In 2018, Cheruiyot was named Kenyan Premier League’s Most Improved Assistant Referee
Dr Waweru and Cheruiyot were among 64 other officials from various countries chosen to officiate at the Nations Cup.