Top Zambian female referee Gladys Lengwe has made the final cut for the August 2018 FIFA Women U20 World Cup adding up to the feat scored by Janny Sikazwe who will be at the FIFA Men’s World Cup in Russia in June.
Lengwe is one of two African referees with Ethiopian Abebe Tafesse to make the cut that comprise 15 referees from across the globe.
The officials at the U20 Women World Cup will also be in charge of the FIFA Women World Cup in France next year.
Africa has provided four assistant referees out of 30 at the FIFA tournament.
The FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 15 female referees and 30 female assistant referees to officiate at the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018.
According to FIFA.com the selection criteria for the match officials from 21 different countries was based on their experience in their respective association and confederation competitions, as well as their levels of fitness and ability to read the game.
Those selected for the tournament in Brittany this summer will also be candidates to officiate at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
The four official host cities for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 are located across Brittany: Concarneau (Stade Guy Piriou), Dinan/Léhon (Stade du Clos Gastel in Léhon), Saint-Malo (Stade de Marville) and Vannes (Stade de la Rabine). Vannes will host the opening match of the competition on 5 August, as well as the final on 24 August/FAZ.