Zambian FIFA Referee Gladys Lengwe says she will retire from active refereeing at the end of the 2019 football season.
Lengwe has been a match official for 22 years.
She says time has come for her to step down and leave the podium for upcoming young female referees.
Lengwe told ZNBC Sports that she plans to become an instructor after quitting.
And the 40-year Copperbelt based referee described her 2018 football season as successful.
Lengwe officiated in the 3rd place play off at the Under-20 World Cup and the finals of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations held in Ghana.
She was recently awarded as the best referee during the FAZ/MTN super league awards gala night.
Lengwe is among the three officials to represent the CAF region at the 8th edition of 2019 Women’s World Cup to be held in France from the June 7th to July 7, 2019.