African teams at the 2014 FIFA World Cup have done Africa proud in a lot of the matches that have already been played. East African country, Kenya has an extra reason to be proud as they have produced the Aden Marwa, Kenyan born referee, is one of the referees in Brazil for the World Cup.
Apart from being the first Kenyan to officiate at the World Cup, he has also been profiled on CNN’s “African Voices” in an episode that will be broadcast on Friday, 27th of June 2014.
On the programme Aden Mara explains how he balances his day job as a teacher with his side job as a referee. He reveals how the years of refereeing primed him to officiate on football’s biggest stage, the World Cup, stating, “Football is my life, football has made my life change a big deal. I want to say if it wasn’t for football, I may have not come as far as I have.”
‘African Voices’ caught up with Marwa as he prepared to travel to Brazil, talking of his passion for football, and how he became a referee in 1998 at only 21 years old. Marwa began in the lower Kenyan leagues and in 2006, he got his big break: “In 2006 I had my first match in the Kenya premier League, and since then to date I have been officiating in the Kenya premier league,” he says.
As he grew up, Marwa couldn’t get enough of football. The 1990 World Cup in Italy is his earliest memory of watching the sport on television: “I was in class eight, and I remember the distance I used to walk to go and see if I could get to a TV to watch the game. When I was a small boy, I loved to watch football.”
Aden Marza’s is profiled on ‘African Voices’ which airs on CNN International on Friday June 27th at 10:30am with a repeat broadcast on Saturday 17:30pm, Sunday 05:30am, 11:00am & 20:30pm, Monday 12:30pm & 17:30pm and Tuesday at 07:30.
Tune in to CNN on DStv Channel 401.