A Nigerian female referee identified as Basheer Salisu, will be officiating the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (U-17 AFCON) in Tanzania alongside three other female referees.
This is said to be the first time female referees will be officiating at a men’s football competition in Africa, and other female referees listed among the 29-match officials of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the 2019 U-17 AFCON, include; Jonesia Rukyaa Kabakana from Tanzania, Kenya’s Mary Wanjiru Njoroge and Lidwine Rakotozafinoro from Madagascar.
The Nigerian female referee who will be officiating the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (U-17 AFCON), will attend a training course with others, ahead of preparation for the tournament in Morocco scheduled to hold from March 31 to April 4 2019 in Morocco.
The 15 referees and 14 assistant referees from 25 countries will undergo a medical, physical and theoretical test during the course, for the 2019 U-17 AFCON final tournament scheduled for April 14-28, 2019 in Tanzania.
“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,” CAF said in a statement on its official website.