The Confederation of African Football ( CAF) has appointed Malawian celebrated FIFA Assistant Referee Bernadettar Kwimbira to officiate at the inaugural TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League scheduled between 5-19 November in Egypt.
Kwimbira is the only Malawian among the 25 referees who have been appointed to officiate at the tournament.
The Zomba based referee and 38 others are currently attending a five-day Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Preparatory Course in Egypt which started on Monday November 1.
According to CAF, the referees will undergo physical, theoretical and technical tests during the course.
Kwimbira, who left the country on Saturday ahead of the preparatory course, is Malawi’s most decorated FIFA Referee having officiated at two Olympic Tournaments, two FIFA Women’s World Cups and five Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Finals.
She was also part of the first ever all-women refereeing team to officiate a match at a CAF Senior Men’s final tournament when she alongside Nigeria’s Mimisen Lyorhe and Ethiopian referee Ldya Tafesse Adebele took charge of a 2020 CHAN Group D match between Namibia and Tanzania earlier this year.
Kwimbira is also earmarked for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.