Kitwe based FIFA referee Gladys Lengwe is elated after being selected to officiate at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
Lengwe is leaving for Brazil on Wednesday where she will part of a panel of referees to handle football matches at the Rio games.
The ref said she was surprised to be selected for the Olympics.
“I am very happy and very excited. I didn’t expect this but I thank God that I was invited,” Lengwe said.
“My selection opens the window for other referees in Zambia both women and men to work hard and realise they can achieve great things,” she said.
Lengwe has vast experience gained from the 2014 Youth Olympics in China and the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup hosted by Costa Rica in the same year.
She also appeared at last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
“Expect me to perform to the best of my ability. I want to go all the way and officiate in the final,” Lengwe said