Victoria Kabba, 18, loves soccer and makes her contribution to develop it as a referee, she told the Daily Observer in an interview last Saturday, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium. And she is among the youngest female soccer referees of the Liberia Referees Association, (LIFRA).
“I began two years ago,” Kabba said. “I visited the Antoinette Tubman Stadium to participate in a track and field event. And at the time, a number of referees were also engaged in their early morning exercises.”
She said a lady she named as Sister Christmas, “encouraged me when she saw that I was highly impressed with what the referees were doing.” Thereafter, he sought enquiries at the LFA and registered and eventually began to get assistance from the Liberia Referees Association.
“LIFRA officials told me that I can become a good referee and help of officiate female games,” Ms. Kakka told the Daily Observer.
A 9th grade student of the Prince Y. Johnson Junior High School, on GSA Road in Paynvesville, Ms. Kabba has never wavered in her desire to become a referee and she finds encouragement when she serves as a lineswoman to officiate a match.
“I find excitement as an authority on the field when I perform as a lineswoman in a game at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium,” she said.
She admitted there have been challenges when signals in games did not go well with players, and some have issued insults at her.
“At LIFRA training I’m told such would happen and so when it happens I learn from it,” she said.
Meanwhile, she appealed to female footballers to understand that when a game is in progress, referees and linesmen (women) work hard to apply the laws of the game with fairness. Though Ms. Victoria Kabba (MaaVic) did not rule out human error, she said referees are honest people trying to do a job that has a great deal of emotion.
On her growth, she expressed appreciation to LIFRA officials and members for their encouragement, “and also supporting me to be what I want to be.”
Her guardian, Mr. Sayma S. Sayon, she said has supported her interest. “She helps me with transportation and LIFRA’s officials also help me and I thank them very much.”
Her role model, she said is referee Francis Sannoh. “I watch him when he is training and exercising and I model my training after him,” she said. There are more than 15 females in the Liberia Referees Association nationwide who handle the female league of the Liberia Football Association. With the LFA’s focus on providing additional support to female soccer, female referees will have the chance to practice their trade to enjoy the world’s number one game: soccer.