January 16, (THEWILL) – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed three female referees for the second TotalEnergies CHAN edition in a row, continuing its efforts to promote the growth of female referees in men’s competitions across the continent.
Centre referee Vincentia E. Amedone from Togo, Cameroon’s Carine Atezambong and Diane Chikotesha of Zambia, will be officiating the tournament in Algeria.
Atezambong, who has a Masters Degree in Management and is also a certified teacher of Physical Education and Sports working at the Cameroon Ministry of Sport as Head of Office for the Monitoring and Organization of High Level sporting events, shared her excitement with the appointment saying: “It is the second time that I have participated in the competition, and I must admit that each opportunity represents a new challenge for me and an opportunity to give the best of myself.
“The opportunity that CAF offers to women referees in men’s competitions simply means that it wants to get results from us. This is not about Carine Atezambong but about the young girls from all corners of Africa watching several women seize an opportunity on the big stage”, she added.
This move by CAF is part of a larger initiative to promote the growth of female referees in men’s competitions. Atezambong and her colleagues were appointed for the CHAN 2020, AFCON 2021, FIFA World Cup 2022, and now CHAN 2022, indicating that CAF and FIFA are not only interested in having women referees but also in getting results from the refereeing team. This is a huge step forward for the growth of the profession and the women who are part of it, Atezambong noted.