Atezambong Carine to officiate matches at FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Columbia

Cameroon: Atezambong Carine has been selected as one of the six African referees who will join officials from other continents to officiate at the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Columbia.

Carine was one of the two Cameroonian referees who officiated the 2023 AFCON tournament held in Ivory Coast. Among the referees, the most recent ones who got selected were chosen to participate in a preparatory course.

Reportedly, it was organised by CAF in preparation for the upcoming African Women’s Cup of Nations. Reminding of this, Cameroon’s baby lionesses will participate in the World Cup, as it will be their first ever participation. The World Cup has been set to begin from August 21st to September 23rd in Columbia.

The Committee of FIFA Referees led by the Chairman – Pierluigi Collina, in total announced the 18 referees and 36 assistant referees for the forthcoming tournament in Columbia, this Wednesday.

Cameroonian Assistant Referee Atezambong Carine
Cameroonian Assistant Referee Atezambong Carine

Assistant Referee Carine in the recent CAF Super Cup and Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been selected alongside Bangurambona Fides of Burundi, Hamdi Soukaina of Morocco plus Algeria’s Ouahab Asma Feriel as the four assistants Referees from Africa.

The two Referees – Konan Akissi of Cote d’ivoire and Egyptian lady Salad Ali Shahenda completes the African team. History will be made in Columbia with the Football Video Support (VS) trial, as FIFA continues to use technology to help the referees.

Furthermore, the choice of Referees shows FIFA looking forward to a perfectly officiated competition that leaves its legacy on the host country. The selected match officials will participate in a capacity building event few days before the tournament kicked off.

Reviewing and analysing the video clips of real-match situations and taking part in the practical training sessions with players, will be filmed to enable the participants to receive instant feedback from the instructors and readiness assessed.

Carine was also present at the Women’s FIFA World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, that will head to her 13th International Tournament in Columbia. She will arrive at the global stage again after dominating the African competitions in the past few years.

She was also featured at two CHAN tournaments, two AFCON tournaments, two AWCON finals, the CAF Supe Cup amongst others. Considering this, Carine is expected to be at the peak of her powers across the period of the U-20 World Cup tournament.