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Gladys Lengwe heads to World Cup

Top Zambian female referee Gladys Lengwe has been selected  to officiate at the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.

The appointment comes days after the on crescendo referee took charge of
the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of the Nations (AWCON) in Ghana, pitting
Nigeria and South Africa.

Lengwe is among the 27 center referees who have been selected by the
world’s football governing body to officiate at the most coveted showpiece
in Women’s game.

In Africa, the seasoned whistle-woman was listed alongside ABEBE Lidya
Tafesse of Ethiopia and Mukansanga Salima from Rwanda.


The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 27 referees and 48 assistant referees, representing 42 different countries, for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.

The journey to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ began for an initial group of female referees and assistant referees from all over the world in September 2015, when FIFA officially started its Road to France 2019 women’s refereeing project.

As part of this project, preparatory seminars have taken place over the last three years for referees and assistant referees, focusing on protecting players and the image of the game, as well as on consistency in interpreting the Laws of the Game. Technical expertise, football understanding, fitness and the ability to read the game and teams’ tactical approaches to each match have been the main topics covered at these seminars.

The referees selected for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup™, the most important competition in women’s sport, have demonstrated their skills at previous tournaments, including the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 and Uruguay 2018, as well as the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea in 2016 and this summer in Brittany, France.

Preparation will continue for the selected match officials between now and the start of France 2019. There will be a number of further preparatory seminars, while the FIFA referee instructors will carry out observation work and provide ongoing support and guidance. Every effort is being made to ensure that the officials will be 100 per cent ready for the big occasion.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 will be played from 7 June to 7 July in Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes. The final will take place in Lyon on Sunday, 7 July 2019.


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3 Comments to Gladys Lengwe heads to World Cup

  1. Mingalato says:

    FAZ please don’t blacklist her like you did to Janny Sikazwe.

  2. Mwalife says:

    I hope that we will see more referees attaining FIFA referee status like we did under Great Kalu. It helps a lot for female referees if they officiate in the men’s football especially that we don’t have a female league (formidable).
    Congratulations Lengwe

  3. akuna says:

    Zambia is not a powerhouse in soccer. But you guys do well when it comes to refereeing. FAZ should rather focus on making you people referees rather than soccer player’s. Look at it this way,its the only time Zambian can taste world cup

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