CAF has decided to appoint female referees for this year’s Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations.

As you may know, the Under-17 AFCON is exclusively a men’s tournament. So, this decision is particularly groundbreaking, as it will be the first time female referees will handle men’s tournament at the continental level.

According to the CAF website, the appointed female referees are Jonesia Kabakama from Tanzania, Mary Njoroge from Kenya and Lidwine Rakotozafinoro from Madagascar. They will join 26 male officials to undergo a training course in Casablanca.

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For the first time, women referees will officiate at a men’s tournament, @Total U-17 AFCON Tanzania 2019.The trail blazers are Jonesia Kabakama 🇹🇿,
Mary Njoroge 🇰🇪 & Lidwine Rakotozafinoro🇲🇬.They will take part in a training course from 31 March to April in Morocco

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