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Meet center referee for Liberia VS Ghana World Cup qualifier -Sergeant Fatou Thioune from Senegal

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has named Senegal’s Fatou Thioune to officiate the Fifa under-17 women’s World Cup qualifier between Liberia and Ghana at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) at 4:00PM on Sunday 1st  March, according to a post on the official social media page [Facebook] of the Liberian FA dated 27th, February 2020.

Thioune is one of Africa’s finest and toughest female referee from Senegal that was upgraded to a FIFA referee status. Fatou Thioune is an African beauty who happens to be doing quite well in two male-dominated professions.

According to the Liberian FA she will be ably assisted by  Adia Asseu Cisse, Die Alse Sylla and Mame Coumba Faye as assistant referees #1, #2 and fourth official while Nigeria’s Ayishat Falode will serve as match commissioner.

She was one of four African match officials at the 2016 Fifa under-20 women’s World Cup finals in Papua New Guinea. Thioune’s only game was Japan’s 5-0 hammering of Canada in Group B at the National Stadium in Port Moresby on 20 November.

Liberiasportsonline research can confirm that she is a Soldier. She is a non commissioned soldier in the army, as well as a Referee and excels in both without the other suffering in the least. Born on the 17th of June 1985, Fatou can simply be described as a Soldier during the day and a Football official during the night. She is a superwoman with the ability to combine a disciplined life and rigorous tasks of the military.

Despite the demanding athleticism of running up and down football field, blowing high pitch whistle or the tiring job of raising flags by the sidelines.

Sergeant Fatou was among the referees expected to officiate in the 2019 FIFA women world cup in France and had lead in numerous international matches, prominent among which is her participation in the under-20 2016 women’s world cup in Papua New Guinea, continental competitions or qualifying matches in African countries such as Cameroon, Togo, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo Brazzaville Algeria, and Ivory Coast.

Football fans and officials asserted that she is known to brood no nonsense from players, tough on the men and tougher on the females. It is a fact that African referees are known to make controversial arbitration’s during matches due to corruption and or favoritism. As for Fatou, there are no controversies trailing her career as an international referee so far, this may be attributed to her being a soldier or perhaps she is simply a well brought up girl who decides to tow the line of fairness and justice.

They say “charity begins at home”, sergeant Fatou happened to come from a sporting family, being the only female in the house, her male siblings foot-balling did rub off on her such that despite joining the army, she just couldn’t let go of the keen interest developed during her formative years.

There are other women who have made marks as referees in other parts of the world alongside their counterparts in the African continent. It is my hope to write about them as time goes on.

Source: Liberia s Sports Online- Football Desk

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