Malawi’s top referee picked for Portugal tournament

Malawi’s top woman Fifa assistant referee Bernadettar Kwimbira Mzika reached another milestone after being selected to officiate at Algove Cup in Portugal.

Bernadettar Kwimbira-Mzika

Kwimbira Mzika made the cut of seven officials from Africa selected for the prestigious annual invitational global tournament.

This was the second time to get involved after 2015 her maiden appearance for the highly decorated Malawian referee who has handled Women’s football World Cup and Olympic Games.

The tournament was initially scheduled for 1 March to 8 but was moved forward by a week and the Malawian flag bearer is expected home today Saturday.

She was excited with her return to the prestigious tournament which drew 12 countries, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Japan, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the hosts, Portugal.

“Another global tournament. Thank you Lord,”she writes on her Facebook page.

The former national athlete attributes her unprecedented rise to the exclusive club of elite referees in the world to Divine intervention apart from hardwork and good work ethics.

Football Association of Malawi Referees Development Officer Maxwell Mtonga said the tournament exposure would boost her confidence and experience.

“This is good for her career because she is going to learn one two tricks of the game,” Mtonga said.

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