Olivia Amukuu has set her sights on becoming a top FIFA accredited referee after officiating at the just-ended COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa, where she was an assistant referee.
Amukuu was an assistant referee in four matches at the COSAFA championship.
She officiated in the Zambia vs Lesotho match on 3 September, Lesotho vs Mozambique on 5 September, Bostwana vs Madagascar on 7 September and the match between Zambia and Mozambique on 8 September.
In an interview with the Windhoek Observer upon her return from the COSAFA games that took place from 12 to 22 September, Amukuu said she is now confident of taking the Namibia Premier League (NPL) by storm after her experience at the regional games.
Amukuu, who is currently an assistant referee in the NPL and has also handled league matches in the first and second divisions, said she is ready to follow in the footsteps of Queen Manga, who is the first female referee in the country to officiate in the NPL.
“I am ready to officiate at NPL matches,” declared Amukuu whose other dream is to one day take charge of matches at the Olympics, Africa Cup of Nations or even the World Cup.
She said she is under no illusion of the amount of hard work and dedication needed to realise her dream.
The third year student at Headstart Montessori Teacher Training College in Windhoek lists top Namibian referees Jackson Pavaza and Mathew Kanyanga as her two role models locally.
She is also a big fan of Diana Chikotesha, a female assistant referee from Zambia.
Amukuu made her breakthrough in 2015 as an assistant referee at the 2015 edition of the annual Namibian Newspaper Cup in Outjo.
She was born in the village of Oluteyi-Embwa in Ongandjera district in the Oshana Region.
Before taking up refereeing, she played football for Oshakati Young Beauties in her home town and at one time was called to train with the national women football team, the Brave Gladiators.
She also played for 21 Brigade in Windhoek.
In 2015, Amukuu underwent a FIFA referees training course under the watchful eye of former Namibia Football Association and FIFA referee coordinator and education officer, Edwardt ‘Boy-Boy’ Ndjadila, the same man that also groomed Pavaza.
CAPTION: Olivia Amukuu (right) at the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa