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AFCON referee goes viral for hilarious running technique

AFCON referee Peter Waweru went viral for bizarre running technique
AFCON referee Peter Waweru went viral for bizarre running technique / DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO/GettyImages

The referee in Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau at the Africa Cup of Nations has gone viral for one of the most strangest running techniques.

Peter Waweru was seen running on the field with his arms and legs raised unbelievably high, while he also covered an insane amount of distance with every stride.

Along with being a football referee, the 39-year-old is also the Professor of Pure Mathematics at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.

Fans on social media were left in splits by Waweru's unique running technique, with one commenting: “The referee thought he was part of the counter attack.”

While another said: “Get this man in the Barclays as soon as possible.”

However, that wasn't Waweru's only contribution to the game, as he also blew an extremely dramatic full-time whistle, clearly proving he has an eye for the show.

Nigeria finish top of Group D and maintain their 100 percent record. They take on Tunisia in the round of 16, who have already lost two of their opening games.

The Super Eagles have been tipped to go all the way and win the competition by African football expert Johnathan McKinstry.

“Nigeria have the second youngest team in the tournament and have started so strongly,” McKinstry told Mirror Football.

“Traditionally, the teams who start tournaments very well do not go on to lift the trophy – they can burn themselves out by the time they get into the knockouts. Tournament winners tend to be slow starters, but Nigeria certainly have the potential to keep their momentum going.

“Their coach Augustine Eguavoen is only in place on an interim basis but they have a deal in place with Jose Peseiro to take over after the tournament, so it would be quite a story if Eguavoen won it for his nation!”