Japanese Referee Yoshimi Yamashita has been appointed to officiate Nigeria’s round of 16 FIFA Women’s World Cup match against two-time champions Germany.
Yamashita had only previously served in that capacity once at this competition and will do so for the second time only since 2016 when she arrived on the scene.
The 33 year-old experienced Japanese match official is keen on brandishing her cards at will and has issued 11 cautions in 10 international matches when she officiated.
Earlier in the year she made history as part of the first all-female trio to officiate a men’s match in Asian continental competition.
Yamashita will be assisted by her compatriots Naomi Teshirogi, Makoto Bozono and fourth official Casey Reibelt of Australia.
FIFA confirmed the appointments on Twitter a day for the match in Grenoble.
FIFA Women’s World Cup – March officials appointed for the game #GERNGA (Round of 16), 22 June 2019, Grenoble
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) June 21, 2019
Nigeria reached the round of 16 of teh Women’s World Cup as one of four best third-placed team.
On Saturday at the Stade des Alpes, the Super Falcons will go head to head against Die Nationalelf for the third time in the competition since 1991.
Past Meetings between Nigeria and Germany:
Germany 4-0 Nigeria
Germany 1-0 Nigeria