The dedication and passion for football Maneo Tau (25) has, has propelled her into the big league, doing duty in the men’s category. This woman, with a small framed body, yet a big heart, earned her stripes when presented with a Fifa badge as assistant referee. Iconic Fifa assistant referee Enoch “The Great” Molefe and Shuping Seboko, incumbent president of Safa in the Mangaung Region, presented the badge to Tau at an occasion held in Bloemfontein recently. She has officiated in big matches involving the Premier Soccer League (PSL) reserve league clubs campaigning in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge League. Notable matches include Kaizer Chiefs against Orlando Pirates, and on Sunday (22/01) she did duty in another intriguing fixture between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at the Dr R.P. Molemela Stadium.Her exciting journey began in 2011 when she was recruited by Safa in the Mangaung Region’s referees structure led by world-respected assistant referee Molefe.Tau was one of the seven young women recruited. She officiated in a number of both junior men and women’s final competitions – delivering to the latter without. She was born in Botshabelo and grew up in Thaba Nchu. Tau’s immediate focus is to reach greater heights by challenging male counterparts and excelling as assistant referee. She becomes the second woman to receive a Fifa badge, after Matankiso Titi, who was active from 2004 until 2010 as assistant referee.