CECAFA General Secretary Nicholas Musonye has released the official list of 16 referees for this year’s Tusker Senior Challenge Cup due to kick off in Kampala on November 24.
The officials, eight of whom are assistant referees will undergo both medical and fitness tests on November 23 just a day after their arrival in Kampala. Musonye has urged the referees to prepare effectively in order to avoid embarrassments when they fail to impress before their instructors.
The fitness tests will be conducted by retired FIFA referee Charles Masembe who is also a member of the CAF Referees committee among other officials. The full list is as below:
The referees are Thierry Nkurunzinza (Burundi), Maeruf Mensur (Eritrea), Antony Ogwayo (Kenya),Hakizimana Louis (Rwanda), Ali Kalyango (Uganda), Mohamed Hussein El Fadhil (Sudan), Denis Batte (Uganda) and Israel Mujuni (Tanzania).
Assistant referees include Mark Ssonko (Uganda), Mussie Kinde (Ethiopia), Peter Sabatia (Kenya), Idam Mohammed (Sudan), Hakizimana Ambroise (Rwanda), Kinduli Ali (Zanzibar), Clemence Erasmo (Tanzania) and Omar Abukar (Somalia).
The tournament kicks on Saturday 24 this month and reigning champions Uganda Cranes will open their title defense against bitter rivals and East African neighbors Kenya.