Three Cape Verdean women referees have been assigned by CAF to take charge of the Liberia versus Senegal match in the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers.
Liberia senior women’s national football team is due to host the Senegalese on Wednesday, October 20, in the first leg of the qualifiers. According to the Cape Verdean Football Association, Ana Maria Lopes will serve as center referee and will be assisted by Maria Monteiro and Evandra Celina as Assistant Referees 1 and 2 respectively.
Prior to this assignment, the trio officiated the Guinea versus Sierra Leone match, the first leg of the African U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal. Coach Robert Lartey and his girls have been on camp for the past few days at the George Weah Technical Center, ahead of the crucial encounter.
LFA president Mustapha Raji, during his recent appearance on state radio ELBC’s weekend sports show, disclosed that the football association has invited a few new players who are plying their trade abroad and are expected to join the rest of the squad.
It is still unclear whether players Angeline Kieh and Agatha Nimene, who are currently in the US on an athletic scholarship at Campbellsville University, will make the squad. Opponents Senegal last month hosted Cape Verde in a back-to-back international friendly in preparation for their upcoming match against Liberia.
Both Liberia and Senegal were paired during the draw of the tournament qualification series that saw a record of 45 member associations taking part in the qualifiers. Morocco, as the host country of the final tournament, automatically qualified for the hosts. A total of 44 teams will take part in the qualifiers.
The last meeting between Liberia and Senegal was in March 2020, during the WAFU A women’s tournament. Senegal defeated Liberia 2-1 in the semifinals and eventually went on to win the tournament after beating Mali 3-0.
Liberia finished as 3rd place winners in the tournament.