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Moroccan Referee Makes History as First Arab Woman Referee in AFCON Match

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Last updated on February 11, 2024

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On Monday, January 22, 2024, history been made as di Moroccan referee Bouchra Karboubi waka enter pitch as di first Arab woman wey go officiate match for Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

For di Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny for Abidjan, Karboubi carry di role of di center referee for di match between Nigeria and Guinea Bissau. Dis no just be achievement for her alone, e also showcase di forward-thinking approach wey di Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) dey use for di development of women’s soccer, under di guidance of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

Morocco women’s soccer don witness significant growth, and dis show for di number of recent achievements, including di historic qualification of di U20 national team for di FIFA World Cup in 2024. FRMF efforts to promote di sport don dey consistent and dem dey take practical actions to ensure say women’s soccer flourish.

Before di Nigeria-Guinea Bissau match for di CAN-2023, Bouchra Karboubi bin don dey show her officiating skills for many soccer matches both for national and continental levels. She hold down di position as di first Moroccan woman wey officiate for Throne Cup final, as AS FAR and Moghreb de Tétouan bin lock horns for di 2019-2020 title for Agadir for May 2022.

She no just stop there, Karboubi still play part for di 2023 Women’s World Cup wey happen for Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20. Her dedication and competence even land her Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Prize for Sports Creativity for di twelfth edition, as she carry di title of “Best Arab Football Referee.”

Di prestigious award wey she collect for Dubai on January 10 na recognition of her leadership and exceptional performance as professional referee wey don control international matches for high-level competitions.

Dis achievement na big inspiration for women and girls wey dey aspire to make impact for di world of soccer. As women continue to break boundaries for sports, Bouchra Karboubi don set example wey go dey motivate others, and her story go sure encourage more girls to pursue dia dreams for di beautiful game.

For di ongoing AFCON and beyond, many go dey watch out for more feats from Karboubi and odas wey dey follow her path. As women’s soccer continue to gain ground for Africa and across di globe, dis milestone na celebration of di progress wey women dey make for di beautiful game.


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