Nigerian female referee makes history- To participate in WAFU

In Ivory Coast action for the CAF Champions League, AKWA IBOM’s first female FIFA badge referee, MFON AKPAN, made history as the first female FIFA badge referee in the country.

Mfon Akpan, a FIFA-certified assistant referee, is in Abidjan to serve as one of the match officials for the inaugural edition of the CAF Women’s Championship WAFU qualifications, which will begin in Ivory Coast on Saturday, July 24, 2021, and conclude on Sunday, July 29, 2021.

The Akwa Ibom-born female umpire is one of five Nigerians picked by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for responsibilities at the WAFU qualifiers in March.
The competition in Abidjan will be attended by fellow Nigerians Yemisi Akintoye, who will serve as a ref, Ruth David, who will serve as match commissioner, Felicia Okwugba, who will serve as technical instructor, and Promise Uwaeme, who will act as information technology instructor.

There will be six female teams competing in the tournament, including Rivers United (Nigeria), Association Sportive de la Police de Nimey (Niger Republic), Onze Sours de Gagnoa (Cote d’Ivoire), Hasaacas Ladies Football Club (Ghana), Amis du Monde Football Club (Togo), and Union Sportive Forces Armees (Burkina Faso).

We wish Mfon Akpan the best of luck in the discharge of her duties and in her career.

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