CAF Elite Women’s referees course sharpens Africa’s top match officials

General View during the 2021 CAF Womens Champions League Finals Referee Training Session in Cairo, Egypt on 01 November 2021 ©BackpagePix (3)

Under the watchful eye of experienced instructors, the match officials selected for the CAF TotalEnergies Women's Champions League are currently being sharpened ahead of kick-off this weekend.

The group consists of Africa’s candidates for the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2023. The development and advancement of refereeing is a major area of focus for CAF in an attempt to create a nucleus of top officials who will officiate at major events. 

For the last three days, the match officials have undergone intensive physical and technical preparations. This also included the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) simulation sessions.

We had 10 days of preparation before the tournament, and it started with the first camp in Qatar during a seminar organized by FIFA. Currently, we are also training the women’s instructors as well. Eddy Maillet, CAF Director of Refereeing

The course, which is based on practical and theoretical sessions, is led by a panel of renowned instructors such as An Yan Lim Kee Chong (technical instructor/ Mauritis), Tempa Ndah François (technical instructor/Benin), Malang Diedhiou (VAR instructor/Senegal), Jerome Damon (VAR instructor/South Africa), Marwa Hannachi (Physics Instructor/Tunisia), Fadouma Dia (Technical instructor/Senegal) and Ananh Jeanne Ayemou (Physics Instructor/Cote d’Ivoire). 

“We started with basic training, working through VAR protocols and then VAR simulator. We have been doing this for the past three days. Now the focus will be on preparing match officials for this very important tournament. We want to make everyone proud of the work we do because of the big investments CAF is making for refereeing in Africa,”  said Jerome Damon. 

An Yan Lim Kee Chong explained: “For this course, we have used, for the first time, CAF teaching material which was developed a year ago and in line with best global practise. This is a great innovation for CAF and we will continue to produce educational material for the development of refereeing in Africa.”

The opening match of the TotalEnergies Women’s Champions League will be played on Friday, 05 November 2021 at 16h00 (local time and 14h00 GMT).