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Oduor among five Kenyan officials allocated Africa Gold Cup fixtures


Seasoned rugby referee Victor Oduor headlines a list of five other Kenyans who have been summoned to do duty at the 2018 Africa Gold Cup which is also a qualifier to the 2019 Rugby World Cup slated for Japan. 
Others are Justus Ngoche,James Absaloms,Godwin Karuga and John Bosco Muamba.
Oduor’s first assignment will be as an assistant referee on Saturday 16th June when Morocco visits Bulawayo to face the Zimbabwe Sables.
He will also be the assistant referee in two matches involving Uganda Rugby Cranes against Morocco and Zimbabwe both of which will be staged at the Legends grounds in Kampala.
According to the Kenya Rugby Union,the trio of John Bosco Muamba, Ngoche Justus and Absaloms James will serve as citing commissioners with Godwin Karuga taking charge of match commisioner duties.
“Muamba, Ngoche and Absaloms will serve as Citing Commissioners. Muamba will oversee the Zimbabwe-Morocco fixture in Harare on 16 June with Ngoche serving in this capacity and Karuga taking charge of match commissioner duties during the Namibia-Tunisia match in Windhoek on 23 June.Absaloms will be on duty during Zimbabwe’s two fixtures at home to Namibia on 4 August and away to Uganda a week later,” reads part of a communique by Kenya Rugby Union.
Kenya Rugby Union chair Richard Omwela will also be on duty, taking charge of Judicial Officer roles.
The 2018 Africa Gold Cup runs from 16th June to 18th August with six countries namely Namibia,Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Morocco participating in the continental showpiece.
The best ranked side books automatic qualification to the 2019 Rugby World Cup where they will slot in pool B alongside New Zealand,South Africa,Italy and Repechage winners.
The second ranked team heads to a four team repechage tournament to try and seal qualification alongside sides from Asia, Europe and the Americas.

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