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Sisterly love made dreams come true for Tongan match official

Ms.Lelenga became the first FIFA woman international referee from Tonga, while her eldest sister Mrs Kaumatule remain as a FIFA woman international assistant referee since 2009.
“OFC Women’s Under 17 will be the best highlight of me being a referee when I and my eldest sister, Kaumatule both appointed, “ she says. ‘’This is my second appointment,
and I cannot explained how excited I am to travel together with my own sister, it really gives courage, ’’ she added
“When Kaumatule recruited she went and trained as required by refereeing department, I kept away then a year later I went along and joined her in running, in training
also I really looked after myself especially watching my diet. I kept on training until I joined the new recruit for Referees in early 2011. Since I joined, Kaumatule encouraged
me more to do the training seriously.’’
‘’I wish to pass on my gratitude and appreciation to my eldest sister, Kaumatule for her continued support and every assistance. I may not reach this far,
but because you were always there for me,’’ she cried.
Mr. Tevita Vea, Head of Refereeing says, “This sisters, are role models for the young women referees in Tonga. They both have reached their goals to become
FIFA International Match Officials. Fortunately this is the outcome of their hard work and commitment through refereeing development and its pathways. ‘’
“’The most important factor now is the consistency and accuracy of developing and delivering a professionally designed program that would contribute to the
proper enhancement of the skills level and aptitudes of the Tonga International Referees to world class match officials.”Vea said.
‘’In the meantime, Mrs Kaumatule is in Japan officiating in the Asian Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament. She has been appointed few times to officiate
in one of the open tournament for Women’s Football in Portugal which is known as the Algrave Cup and it’s happening every year, and I’m proud to say that
she has been also appointed to few FIFA Women’s World Cup and to most of our OFC women’s qualifying tournaments, Vea added.
The preparation of the match officials is always be a fundamental role and it is a challenge for the Tonga FA Refereeing Department to make sure that the
Match Officials meet the requirements and must be aware of their part playing in the game.

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