South African Referee, Akhona Zenith Makalima is set to become the first woman to officiate at AFCON. Born on 27th March 1988, the 35-year-old Sout
South African Referee, Akhona Zenith Makalima is set to become the first woman to officiate at AFCON.
Born on 27th March 1988, the 35-year-old South African has been a FIFA-listed referee since 2014.
She has officiated in all three 3 editions of the CAF Women’s Champions League.
Games Akhona has officiated
In 2021, she officiated in Wadi Degla’s 3-1 win over AS Mande in the CAF Women’s Champions League. She was the 4th official in Rivers Angel’s 4-0 win over Vihiga Queens. She served as 4th official in two CAF Champions League games between Mamelodi Sundowns against Jwaneng Galaxy and Esperance Tunis against MC Alger.
In 2022, Akhona officiated the Women’s Champions League between FAR Rabat against Simba Queens and Simba Queens against Green Buffaloes.
In the 2023 CAF Women’s Champions League, he served as the Fourth official in Sporting Casablanca’s 4-1 thrashing of JKT Queens.
Akhona served as a 4th official in 6 games of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosted in Australia and New Zealand.
Domestically, Akhona Makhalima officiated 3 PSL games in the 2022-23 season.
The Human Resource Management Diploma holder has immense experience under her belt and the whole wild world is waiting for her to deliver.
All eyes will be on Akhona Zenith Makhalima as she is set to trailblaze in the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast.