By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
History will be made on Saturday, January 23, 2021, when Namibia face Tanzania at the ongoing TOTAL African Nations Championship (CHAN), Cameroon 2020, at the Limbe Stadium in the Group D match.
That is because it will be the first time that an all-female match officiating team would be refereeing a game in CAF senior men’s tournament.
Female refereeing trio of referee Lidya Tafesse (Ethiopia) and assistant referees Bernadettar Asimenye Kwimbira (Malawi) and Mimisen Agatha Iyorhe (Nigeria) will be in charge of the match.
CAF refereeing manager Eddy Maillet says the female match officials have proven that they are competent and capable of handling male competitions.
Nigeria’s Mimisen Iyorhe will be the second assistant referee when Tanzania and Namibia trade tackles in their second Group D encounter at Stade Omnisports, Limbe Cameroon.
Iyorhe was the first Assistant referee during the Indomitable Lionesses 2-1 win over Mali at the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) match on November 17, 2018.
Today’s game will sure add to her curriculum vitae (CV) ahead of the next AWCON and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia.
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