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History made as women to referee men's AFC Cup

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

The announced Tuesday that for the first time an all-female referee team will take charge of a men's continental club cup clash.

Japanese referee and assistants and will officiate the AFC Cup match between Myanmar's Yangon United and Cambodia's Naga World at the on Wednesday.

"This will be the first time three female referees preside in the 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

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

"This is one of my dreams," said the experienced Yamashita, who officiated in the 2016 and 2018 U-17 Women's and 2018 Women's Asian Cup.

"We've worked very hard and this is the result."

referee Teshirogi said her appointment will inspire female referees in while Bozono said the experience will help in her preparations for the Women's in June, where the trio will be among 12 officials from the AFC.

"It is exciting to work with Yoshimi and Naomi. They are very experienced and have been very supportive. I will learn a lot from them," Bozono said.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 16:31 IST