Lidya Tafesse to referee at U-20 World Women Cup final


Considering the current chaotic situation surrounding Ethiopian Football, it is very difficult to predict someone to reach higher up in the standard to be capable enough officiating  matches at Sport’s biggest ever stage World Cup final. But here comes the second international Ethiopian referee Lidya Tafesse Abebe appointed match referee at Women World U-20 Cup final to be held in France this year.
Ethiopian international referee Lidya Abebe Tefesse is one of the 15 international referees appointed to the 8th Women World U-20 Cup final 8th edition that takes place in host nation France from August 5 to 24, 2018. Only two African referees are appointed to officiate the event the other being Linguwe Glady’s from Zambia.
“It is because of their previous records, individual personalities, physical fitness and consistency that those referees appointed for the Cup final” stated the letter from the sport’s governing body FIFA. Fifteen referees and thirty assistants out of which four are from Continent Africa will have refreshing courses ahead of the Cup final.
The Jimma born Lidya had had a success story in her previous under taking both as Women World Cup and Women African nations Cup final referee. She had also had an impressive record at Jordan U-17 World Women Cup final tournament two years before. Lidya Tafesse is the second huge achievement of Ethiopian Football at international stage next to the renowned referee Bamlak Tesema appointed to take the whistle at Russian World Cup final.
Referees and assistants at the upcoming Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup final are also candidates to officiate at Fifa World Women Cup final in France next year.