First female match commissioner appointed for AFC Cup final
Kuala Lumpur: Kanya Keomany of Laos will join the history books following her appointment by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as the first female match commissioner to take charge of the AFC Cup final between DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC and Al Ahed from Lebanon on Monday in Kuala Lumpur.
It will be another feather in the cap for the AFC Executive Committee Member and Lao Football Federation (LFF) General Secretary who was also selected by FIFA as one of four female match commissioners for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Joint Qualifiers.
After successfully managing the Asian Qualifiers match between Singapore and Uzbekistan on October 15, Keomany will now turn her attention to the AFC Cup final where 4.25 SC and Al Ahed are aiming to lift the trophy for the first time.
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“It is an honour to be appointed in the AFC Cup final as a match commissioner from Laos. This clearly shows that the AFC gives everyone an opportunity regardless of gender as long as you are capable of delivering the best results,” said Keomany.
“I’m proud to be part of this generation of women who continue to break the barriers in Asian football, which has seen several women match officials and commissioners being appointed in men’s football competitions this year. This is definitely a step in the right direction for all women working in the sport.”
Keomany, who has been an AFC match commissioner in AFC club competitions and women’s age group matches since 2008, attributes her rapid rise in her football career to the experience of working closely with the AFC and FIFA.
“I have received many good opportunities in the last few years and I have learned so much by working with people from the AFC and FIFA. I really value the experience and I must thank the AFC for believing, supporting and giving me these great opportunities,” said Keomany.
The AFC remains committed in its support for women in the football workforce. In May, the trio of Japanese referees Yoshimi Yamashita alongside assistant referees Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi became the first all-female cast to officiate an AFC Cup match between Myanmar’s Yangon United FC and Naga World of Cambodia.
The AFC also nominated four female match commissioners - Korea Republic’s Kim Se-in, Nguyen Thanh Ha of Vietnam, Lau Cheuk Chi of Hong Kong and Keomany – before their appointments by FIFA to take charge of the Asian Qualifiers.
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