Malawian female referees continue to get international recognition as three local referees have been selected to officiate the 2020 Cosafa Cup scheduled to take place from November 3-15 in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
For a third consecutive year, assistant referee Happiness Mbandambanda will be part of the officiating panel for the Senior Women’s Championship whereas promising assistant referee Eliza Sichinga has been selected for the Under-17 women’s championship in the same city.
Highly respected Martha Nyekanyeka has been selected to be the instructor assessor for the second consecutive year. Nyekanyeka, who is a Caf instructor, said she was humbled.
“I am very excited and I feel humbled. It is my wish to make sure that I give the best. The sky is the limit for a hard worker,” Nyekanyeka said.
Female referee AgnesChamaere, who was part of the officiating panel last year, has not been selected for this year’s edition.
National Referees Association (NRA) General Secretary Chris Kalichero said the selection of the three match officials was great motivation for local referees.
“It is a positive development for the country and for the referees. Malawian referees have demonstrated professionalism and we hope they will continue flying Malawi flag higher. Our appeal to the referees is that they should keep fit and also observe the laws of the game when discharging their duties,” Kalichero said.
Malawi women’s national football team will also take part in the competition. The Scorchers were drawn in Group B alongside Zambia and Lesotho. Group A comprises hosts South Africa, eSwatini, Comoros Island and Angola whereas Zimbabwe, Botswana and Tanzania are in group C.
The winner in each group will advance to the semifinals of the competition and will be joined by the overall best runner-up.