World Governing body FIFA has selected Kenyan referee Mary Njoroge to officiate at the playoff tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, in New Zealand.

She is among 29 match officials selected from all over the world to officiate at the tournament.

Reacting to the appointment, Njoroge said the timing was perfect.

“This appointment couldn’t have come at a better time. This is God. We needed something to give us hope after a very difficult period in our refereeing career and this is it,” she said.

She also thanked the government for ending Kenya’s International suspension.

“These are the moments we live for, I thank the CS for ending the impasse and making us available for international assignments again.”

Njoroge was also picked to officiate the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France which ran from June 7, 2019, to July 7, 2019

She is the second Kenyan official to receive a high-ranking international assignment after Dr. Peter Kamaku was picked to officiate at CHAN in Algeria earlier this week.

The tournament is set to begin on February 17 and end on February 23, 2023.

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