Malawi’s top woman’s referee Kwimbira-Mzika eyes World Cup after elite course honours

Malawi’s leading woman Fifa referee Bernadettar Kwimbira-Mzika is optimistic about getting a nod for World Cup finals appearance after emerging the overall performer during the Caf Elite Course held in Egypt.

Kwimbira-Mzika, who returned from Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday emerged the best performer of the 67 participants  in three Physical Fitness tests and was recognised in a special way.

She was among the three female referees, Zambia’s Gladys Lengwe she recently officiated  a game with in South Africa last month and Lidwine Rakotozafinolo from Madagascar.

“That’s the opening of good things to come. I have been to two finals of African Women’s Championships. Fifa Wolrd Cup tournaments are on the way. I mean this is Africa’s top level, the cream of Africa,” she said.

Bernadettar Kwimbira-Mzika

She said her performance was not only a great for the country’s top level former athlete but also the country.

“It was really nice, everyone including the President of CAF referees committee stood up as Mulungu dalitsani Malawi (Malawi national anthem)  was played…, everyone was quiet as I was singing along….oh!,” she recalls.

Kwimbira-Mzika, who was the only woman referee to pass the test for Member Association in Malawi in September, officiated at 2010 African Women’s Championship in South Africa and 2012’s edition in Guinea.

In South Africa she handled five games including  bronze medal match and Equatorial Guinea four games including bronze medal match.

Bernadettar Kwimbira-Mzika receives her accolade

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