Tafesse Abebe set to make history

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Ethiopian top match official Lidya Tafesse Abebe is set to become the first woman to officiate as a centre referee in a Caf men’s tournament when the African Nations Championship (Chan) 2020 kicks off on Saturday in Cameroon.

The 40-year-old has been on a 20-year journey of refereeing, becoming the first-ever woman to officiate a men’s topflight game in Ethiopia.

She has officiated at the Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019 as well as the All Africa Games in 2007 and 2011, before going on to do the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) four times in a row in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 on top of that, the U-17 World Cup in 2016 and the U-20 in 2018.

“It was very difficult when I started because sometimes, some people would ask why I decided to go into refereeing as a woman when there were no any other women doing the same,” said Tafesse Abebe.

Tafesse Abebe hopes to continue getting high profile games moving forward and is even more excited that she will get a chance to officiate at a CAF men’s tournament for the first time.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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