A Malawian female referee, Bernadette Kwimbira Nzika, has made it again on the international scene after being selected to officiate the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in France from 7 June to 7 July.
The development comes just after she found herself at the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Cup in Ghana where she officiated in the final match between Nigeria and South Africa which took place on December 1.
She is among six referees from CAF to officiate the most important competition in women’s sport.
Other referees from CAF include Abebe Lidya Tafesse from Enthiopia, Lengwe Gladys from Zambia, Mukansanga Salima from Rwanda, Njoroge Mary from Kenya, Rakotozafinoro Lidwine from Madagascar, and Victoire Queency from Mauritius.
The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 27 referees and 48 assistant referees, representing 42 different countries.
Her involvement in officiating international games started way back in 2015, when she traveled to Canada where she officiated Fifa women’s Cup.
Later in 2016 she was also among the officiating team in Olympic Games which took place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
In May this year she was selected to officiate the 2018 Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France.