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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Ref Lengwe reflects on FIFA Womens World Cup debut

Sports Ref Lengwe reflects on FIFA Womens World Cup debut

Kitwe-based referee Gladys Lengwe has described her maiden appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup as a dream come true.

Lengwe,37, has just returned from the recently held Women’s World Cup in Canada where she was involved in five matches.

She was the centre referee in the group stage match involving Germany and Thailand before she was selected to be fourth official in the third and fourth play-off match.

“My experience at the World Cup was awesome. This is something I will never forget for the rest of my life,” Lengwe said.

“It is a dream come true for me especially that I went on to receive a medal in the third and fourth match,” she said.

Lengwe has been on the panel of FIFA referees since 2002 and last year officiated at the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup.

“I thank God for this opportunity because just mere selection means that you are one of the best referees in the World,” Lengwe added.
She is the first female centre referee on the local football front.


  1. Congratulations! Well done. Aim to officiate at the men’s world cup. What are you personally doing to assist lift the standards of referring in the country? From your experience, please assist others. Well done

    • Congrats madam Lengwe, but LT’s poor English spoils the party. But really, where does LT find these reporters?

  2. I watched all the matches she officiated in and I was very proud of her … she made the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise proud.

    Keep it up, Gladys

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