Lieutenant Abbie Ceesay has become the first and only woman referee from the Gambia Armed Forces GAF to be awarded the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Referee Badge back in 2012 for her first badge and was today awarded her 2021 FIFA Badge at a ceremony held at the GAF Training School.
Three other women, Isatou Touray of GID, Jainaba of GID and Fatou Ngum of Police, are in the FIFA panel as assistant /Central referees currently.
Since then, she has officiated in many international matches, including home national league games as assistant referees.
She is currently serving as a Lieutenant in the Gambia Army Forces at the Republican National Guards Battalion and attached the GAF sports company.
The officer started her career in referee year’s ago as a local club referee. She later joined the referee’s association in Gambia.
Lt Abbie Ceesay said: “I am so happy on being awarded the FIFA Referee Badge. I feel like my hard work has finally been rewarded.”
Commodo Madani Senghore congratulated her and said that her hard work and passion for the sport led to the historic decision.
Lt Ceesay had been recently in officiating at top FIFA , CAF and WAFU Women international and home GFF League in Gambia and other countries. The officer was among a panel of referee’s that officiated Nigeria vs South Africa, Morocco vs Bostowna and Liberia vs Guinea