CGTN|In Cameroon, Carine Atezambong Fomo, the only female referee to officiate in the males’s division 1 football league has actually been shortlisted for the upcoming 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Carine Atezambong Fomo is a licensed physical education and sports instructor in Cameroon.

In 2009, she began to officiate in the ladies’s football league where she spent 3 years. Ambitious and identified, Carine chose to sign up with the males’s league in 2012.

” I began officiating in a lower ladies’s department. Then, in 2010, I was promoted to the very first department for ladies. Two years later on, I officiated my first guys’s match in league 2. In 2014, provided my great efficiencies on the pitch, I was promoted once again and ever since, I have actually been officiating the males’s league 1 football matches,” says Carine Atezambong Fomo, international refereree.

In spite of the women’s game having the very same variety of players, and playing duration, for Carine, officiating the guys’s video game feels a bit different.

” It is the strength and commitment that led me to want to referee males’s matches. This is the only difference between men’s and women’s football. In women’s football, there is a lot more finesse and the rhythm is less continual than in males’s football,” she says.

Carine Fomo has officiated numerous worldwide matches. She was at the African Games in Brazzaville in 2015, and the Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon in 2016. Of all the matches she has actually officiated in her career, one stays special for Carine.

She adds that: “The global competitions I have actually taken part in are a great pride for me. All the matches I have officiated given that 2009 have actually gone effectively. But the final of the Cameroon Cup in 2015 moved me a lot and will stay engraved in my memory. That day, President Paul Biya remained in the stands of the stadium. For me, to lead a match in the presence of the president of the republic stays an unique and extraordinary moment.”

Ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, FIFA has pre-selected nine ladies referees on the African continent, amongst them, is Carine Fomo. The good news, nevertheless, sadly accompanied the death of her dad.

“I remained in an extremely hard period when I got the invite letter from FIFA. I had simply lost my dad. It is thanks to my daddy that I am at this level today. But I need to admit that it was a pleasure to be among the referees pre-selected by FIFA. It’s a fulfillment and it reveals the good work I do on the field, “sends Carine Atezambong Fomo, worldwide refereree.

Carine will soon take part along with the other shortlisted prospects, in the “Road to Australia/New Zealand” project, which will pick the best referees for the next women’s FIFA world cup.