African Refs Set For Action As Women’s World Cup Hots Up

By Victor Kanayo

As 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup enters second group matchdays, three African match officials will make history on Friday when they oversee the clash between Philippines and Switzerland in New Zealand.

“41-year-old referee Vincentia Amedome of Togo has been selected to take charge of the contest at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin,” CAF revealed in a statement via its website on Tuesday.

Amedome became the second woman to officiate a match at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Algeria last year, after Ethiopian trailblazer Lydia Tafesse.

The appointment made her the first Togolese referee at the continent’s biennial men’s football tournament.

2022 proved a landmark year for the West African, who officiated at the CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco, the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica, and the CAF Women’s Champions League final.

“For support on Friday, Amedome can rely on assistant referees Carine Fomo of Cameroon and Fanta Kone from Mali – who also make history as the first women from their nations to feature at the Women’s World Cup.

“Their trailblazing appointments highlight the progress of Africa’s female refereeing talent on the global stage.

“With all three officials boasting extensive experience at major tournaments, they have earned the opportunity to demonstrate their skills before a worldwide audience.

“For Amedome, Fomo and Kone, the chance to inspire future generations of female referees across Africa by officiating at the pinnacle of the women’s game represents a career highlight,” the statement added.

Nigeria, Zambia, Morocco and South Africa are African countries taking part at the quadrenial soccer event.

Out of the four, only Nigeria is yet to lose at the ongoing competition after first group matches.

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