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History made as women to referee men’s cup clash

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Women's Euro Qualification Austria vs. Wales, 2015-09-22, St. Pölten, Lower Austria. wikimedia/Ailura

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – The Asian Football Confederation announced yesterday that for the first time an all-female referee team will take charge of a men’s continental club cup clash.

Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita and assistants Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi will officiate the AFC Cup match between Myanmar’s Yangon United and Cambodia’s NagaWorld at the Thuwunna Stadium tonight.

“This will be the first time three female referees preside in the Asian Football Confederation’s club competitions, marking a new milestone in Asian refereeing,” the AFC said in a statement.

The AFC Cup is the second-string Asian club competition, a rung below the AFC Champions League.

Women officals have only previously been employed as assistant referees in AFC Cup matches, with Australians Sarah Ho and Alysson Flynn becoming the first in 2014.

“This is one of my dreams,” said Yamashita. “We’ve worked hard and this is the result.”

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