Video Assistant Referee to be launched at CHAN, Morocco

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Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will debut in Africa midway through the Nations Championship (CHAN), which kicks off Saturday with hosts Morocco among the title favourites.

The system allows off-field match officials to assist referees in “game-changing” situations such as goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

It has been trialed in the Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga this season and debuted in England this week.

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VAR is scheduled to be used in Morocco from the quarter-finals stage of the championship that brings together footballers who ply trade in their domestic leagues.

First staged in the Ivory Coast nine years ago, the CHAN quickly doubled in size from eight nations to 16. Kenya were due to succeed Rwanda as hosts, but surrendered the right to Morocco after falling behind with stadia preparations.

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The championship gets underway on Saturday when hosts Morrocco play Mauritania. Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals and the eventual champions pocket $1.25 million (about 1.050 million euro).

Meanwhile, KCB Football Club has hired Harambee stars U-20 head coach John Kamau as the new tactician as the team sets its sights on returning to the top flight Kenyan Premier League in 2018.

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Kamau, 40, who takes over with immediate effect has been tasked with steering the team back to top flight football in 2019.

He has held various coaching roles with the Kenya national teams as well as several clubs.KCB has also roped in Moses Irungu who previously coached Talanta FC as the first assistant coach while Elvis Ayany retained his assistant coach role.

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