Female Ethiopian referee makes African history at CHAN

Lidya Tafesse
Lidya Tafesse led the refereeing team making history at the African Nations Championship in Cameroon

Ethiopia's Lidya Tafesse made history on Saturday when she became the first female referee to officiate a match at a senior Confederation of African Football (Caf) tournament.

History was also made by Tafesse leading an all-female officiating team as Tanzania beat Namibia 1-0 in Limbe at the African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The win took Tanzania to three points, one behind both Guinea and Zambia who drew 1-1 earlier in the day.

In April 2019, Tanzania's Jonesia Rukyaa Kabakama became the first woman to referee a Caf game when officiating at the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations.

Tafesse, who also refereed at the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, was supported by assistant referees Bernadettar Asimenye Kwimbira of Malawi and Nigeria's Mimisen Agatha Iyorhe.

Caf's deputy general secretary Anthony Baffoe called it 'a historic dayexternal-link for African football'.

A second-half Farid Mussa goal secured Tanzania's victory, and eliminated Namibia, while Vicctor Kantabadouna put Guinea ahead on 58 minutes only for Spencer Sautu to level things up three minutes from time.

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Morocco were held by Rwanda

Anyone can still make it through from Group C, where Morocco lead the way. They are on four points after a 0-0 draw with Rwanda in Douala on Friday.

Behind them are Togo, who recovered from defeat to the Atlas Lions in the opening match to beat Uganda 2-1, goals for Semiou Tchatakora and Yendoutie Nane sandwiching Saidi Kyeyune's effort for the Cranes.

In Group B, DR Congo equalised in the fourth minute of injury time against Libya. Libya had gone ahead in the 6th minute - and then defended for nearly 90 only to concede at the end Amede Masasi

Had they held on, the win would have put Libya in a strong position in the group - but as it is, they sit third, behind Niger, who drew 1-1 with Congo.

Congo still have a slim chance of going through if they win their final match, against Libya.

But definitely out are Zimbabwe, who are bottom of Group A on zero points after a comprehensive 3-1 defeat to Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso scored early on through Issouf Sosso. Zimbabwe managed to get level thanks to Patson Jaure but two second-half goals from Clever Tiendrebeogo and Issiaka Ouedraogo made it very comfortable for the Burkinabe team.

It gives them hope of making it through despite still only being third after group leaders Cameroon and Mali shared a point after a 1-1 draw.

Cameroon scored after just six minutes through Salomon Charles Banga, but just six minutes later Mali's Issaka Samake equalised.