By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has celebrated pioneer women in the game of football including Perpetua Nkwocha and referee, Mimisen Iyorhe as a way of marking the 2021 International Women’s Day.
CAF on its verified women’s football Twitter handle tweeted:
On our special day, we would like to wish all the ladies around the world a very happy #InternationalWomensDay
And always remember, together we rise
CAF used the pictures of South African Noko Matlou, Fayza Haidier, Perpetua Nkwocha, referee Mimisen Agatha Iyorhe (Nigeria), Lydia Tafese, and Bernadettar Asimenye Kwimbira to celebrate the day.
Noko Alice Matlou represented the South Africa women’s national football team both as a striker and a defender. In 2008, Matlou became the first South African to be named African Women’s Footballer of the Year.
Matlou came to prominence within the national team by scoring six goals at the 2008 African Women’s Championship.
Perpetua Nkwocha at the 2004 African Women’s Championship scored four goals in the final against Cameroon to help her country win the title. She also set a record by scoring nine overall goals during the tournament and was named the best player of the tournament. Nkwocha was voted African Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2010, and 2011 by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Mimisen Agatha Iyorhe (Nigeria), Lydia Tafese (Ethiopia), and Bernadettar Asimenye Kwimbira (Malawi) made history at CHAN 2020 as the first all-female match officiating team at CAF senior men’s tournament during the Group D game between Tanzania and Namibia at Stade Omnisports, Limbe Cameroon.
Fayza Haidier on the other hand is the first female coach in a men’s senior team in Egypt.
March 8, every year is recognized as International Women’s Day.
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