By Mphatso Malidadi:
Malawi’s top First Assistant Referee, Bernadetter Kwimbira-Nzika, has been selected to be among 47 referees to officiate at this year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in France.
This is the second time for Kwimbira- Nzika to handle the world showpiece, having officiated at the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Referees Development Officer, Maxwell Mtonga, said he was not surprised with the development as Kwimbira- Nzika has been consistent.
Mtonga said Kwimbira- Nzika is among seven assistant referees from Africa that have been selected for the world event.
“We are proud of her because to be among the seven from Africa is not a joke. She will be among 47 referees in the world to handle the games. We are really inspired by her feat,” he said.
Mtonga asked other referees to adopt Kwimbira- Nzika’s attitude and work ethic to astonishing results.
“We are really inspired and she has done Malawi proud. Let other referees borrow a leaf from her. She is able to achieve this because of discipline and staying fit all the time,” he said.
In 2016, Kwimbira- Nzika became the first Malawian female referee to officiate at the Olympics. She also became the first Malawian to referee at the Fifa Women’s World Cup, held in Canada in 2015.
She has been to Africa Cup of Nations five times.