Malawi’s Fifa assistant referee Bernadettar Kwimbira-Mzika will officiate at the inaugural TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League which kicks off today to November 19 in Egypt.
She is among 25 referees appointed by Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the tourney.
A statement from Football Association of Malawi says the Zomba-based referee and 38 others are attending a five-day video assistant referee preparatory course in Egypt which started on Monday ahead of the tournament.
Reads the statement in part: “According to CAF, the referees will undergo physical, theoretical and technical tests during the course.”
Kwimbira-Mzika, who left the country on Saturday ahead of the preparatory course, is Malawi’s most decorated Fifa referee having officiated at two Olympic Games, two Fifa Women’s World Cups and five Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Finals.
The assistant referee said she was looking forward to new experiences in her career.
She said: “I thank God for this opportunity. I always take this as a challenge to enhance my career as a referee.”
Kwimbira-Mzika was also part of the first ever all-women refereeing team to officiate a match at a CAF Senior Men’s final when she, alongside Nigeria’s MimisenLyorhe and Ethiopian referee LdyaTafesseAdebele took charge of a 2020 Group D match between Namibia and Tanzania earlier this year.
Kwimbira is also expected to officiate at the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup finals to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand