Zambian referee Lengwe to officiate 2018 Women Africa Cup final
Zambia’s top FIFA referee Gladys Lengwe has been appointed to handle the 2018 Women Africa Cup final between South Africa and Nigeria.
Lengwe’s who started refereeing at international level has continued on an upward trajectory and this year in August was at the FIFA U20 Women World Cup where she handled the third and fourth play-off between France and England.
She has several top international tournaments under her belt dating back to 2014 when she officiated at the U17 Women World Cup Finals. In 2015, she was back at the Women’s World Cup before she trekked to the Olympics in 2016.
At the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017, FIFA for the first time allowed female officials to officiate at a FIFA men’s tournament and the Zambian whistle lady was part of the historic development and was involved in four matches.
She has already set to officiate at the 2019 Women’s World Cup Finals in France.
The 40 year old is also on record as the first woman in Africa to officiate top-flight matches when she was introduced to the Zambia Super Division in 2011.
For Sunday’s final, Lengwe will be assisted by Lidwine Pelagie of Madagascar and Bernadettar Kwimbira from Malawi as first and second assistants. The fourth official will be Thioune Fatou from Senegal.
Defending champions Nigeria will go head-to-head with South Africa on Saturday at the Accra Stadium in the final match of the 2018 Africa Women Championship.
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