Kanya Keomany of Laos will be the first woman to take charge of an AFC Cup final, after being appointed the match commissioner for the encounter.
The final between DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC and Lebanon’s Al Ahed will take place today in Kuala Lumpur.
Keomany is a current AFC Executive Committee Member, who was also chosen as one of four female match commissioners for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup 2023 joint qualifiers.
After managing the Asian Qualifiers match between Singapore and Uzbekistan a couple of weeks ago, she will now turn her attention to the cup final.
“It is an honour to be appointed in the AFC Cup final as a match commissioner from Laos. This clearly shows that the AFC gives everyone an opportunity regardless of gender as long as you are capable of delivering the best results,” said Keomany.
“I’m proud to be part of this generation of women who continue to break the barriers in Asian football, which has seen several women match officials and commissioners being appointed in men’s football competitions this year. This is definitely a step in the right direction for all women working in the sport.”
Keomany has been an AFC match commissioner in AFC club competitions since 2008. She credits her success to the opportunities that have been presented to her by the AFC and FIFA.
“I have received many good opportunities in the last few years and I have learned so much by working with people from the AFC and FIFA. I really value the experience and I must thank the AFC for believing, supporting and giving me these great opportunities,” said Keomany.
Korea Republic’s Kim Se-in, Nguyen Thanh Ha of Vietnam and Lau Cheuk Chi of Hong Kong were the other female match commissioners selected by FIFA for the Asian Qualifiers.