Ground-breaking as women referees nominated for U-17 AFCON

kwahuonlineradio March 12, 2019 0
Ground-breaking as women referees nominated for U-17 AFCON

A trailblazing decision will for the first time see women referees
handling games of the opposite sex on the continent, debuting at the
Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Tanzania 2019.

The landmark conclusion was the highlight of the CAF Referees Committee
meeting held on 26 February 2019 at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo and
had in attendance CAF, President Ahmad Ahmad.

The historic decision is a testament to CAF’s commitment to developing
the women’s football. It will also give women match officials a bigger
platform to expose their talents and also gain experience at the
competitive level considering the limited matches and competitions,
which often affects their progress and development.

In line with that, the trailblazers consist of Tanzanian referee Jonesia
Rukyaa Kabakama, and assistant referees’ Mary Wanjiru Njoroge (Kenya)
and Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (Madagascar) are among the preselected
29-match officials to undergo a training course in Casablanca, Morocco
from 31 March to 4 April 2019, to fine-tune for the tournament.

Fifteen (15) referees and 14 assistant referees from 25 Member
Associations will undergo medical, physical and theoretical test to
select the conclusive list of match officials for the final tournament
scheduled for 14-28 April 2019 in Tanzania.

For the final tournament, host Tanzania, Nigeria, Angola and Uganda are
in Group A, whilst Guinea, Cameroon, Morocco and Senegal constitute
Group B. The semi-finalists will qualify to represent the continent at
the FIFA U-17 World Cup




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