Kenyan referee Aden Marwa supports use of VAR at Fifa World Cup

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Aden Marwa says he feels humbled and motivated to be the first Kenyan to officiate at the biggest stage in football

World Cup-bound Kenyan referee, Aden Marwa has supported the introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) set to be used for the first time in a Fifa World Cup in Russia.

Marwa, who will be among the over 60 assistant referees in Russia, has welcomed the technological invention in the game saying that it will help make the right calls.

“It is true that VAR will slow down the game but I am happy that it will help us (human referee) make the right call and at the end, no one will feel aggrieved our decision,” Marwa said during a TV interview with Citizen.

Marwa said he feels humbled and motivated to be the first Kenyan to be considered to officiate at the biggest football stage.

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Surprisingly, Marwa, a High School teacher of Mathematics, revealed that he has never played football despite making history in one of the most supported sport in the country.

“People always find it surprising when I tell them that I’ve never played football. I played volleyball, handball, and basketball in my primary school days but not football.

“I chose to be a football referee and not a fan. That helps me in making the decision because am not buried in the game.”