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Gabonese officials for Stars World Cup tie


NAIROBI, Kenya, May 8- Gabonese officials have been designated by world body Fifa to take charge of the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifier between Harambee Stars and the Malawi Flames set for June 2 in Nairobi.

Fifa have named Castane Otogo as the centre referee with Theophile Vinga as the first assistant, Sylvain Moula as the second with Roponat Mbourou as the reserve referee for the game that will be played at the refurbished 60,000-seater Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Djibouti Hassan Souleiyman is the designated referee assessor while Ugandan Abbass Ssenoyowa will be the match commissioner.

At the same time, the national side broke camp at the same venue on Monday due to the ongoing Kenya Defence Forces championships as well as the Africa club volleyball championships that kick-off on Thursday.

Facilities at the largest sporting complex in the country were booked for the two events with Football Kenya Federation set to announce new training plans since the pitch at the second suitable venue; Nyayo National Stadium is undergoing rehabilitation.

FKF ruled to move the World Cup qualifier to Kasarani for better security and match management with federation CEO Lordvick Aduda saying Fifa had stressed that stringent measures needed to be put in place for the match.

The world body fined Kenya Sh1.2m ($14,409) for crowd trouble at the smaller Nyayo during the pre World Cup qualifier against Seychelles last year.

Meanwhile, four referees from the country have also been appointed to handle the Egypt versus Mozambique World Cup qualifier in Cairo on June 1 namely Sylvester Kirwa, Aden Marwa, Wamalwa Kuloba and Moses Osano.