Salima Mukansanga Makes AFCON History

by | Jan 12, 2022

Rwandan football referee, Salima Mukansanga, made history becoming the first woman to officiate at an African Cup of Nations tournament as she took charge of the Guinea vs Malawi match.

The 33-year-old is one of the most well-respected officiators on the continent having previously featured at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Africa Women’s Cup of Nations and the 2021 CAF Women’s Champions League.

Last year, the FIFA accredited referee played her part at the Tokyo Olympic Games as she took charge of the women’s football fixtures.

Of the 63 match officials at AFCON, four are women, including Cameroon’s Carine Atemzabong and Morocco’s Fatiha Jermoumi and Bouchra Karboubi.

However, Atemzabong, Jermoumi and Karboubi will not officiate matches, but will be included on the sidelines.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Rwandan football referee, Salima Mukansanga, made history becoming the first woman to officiate at an African Cup of Nations tournament as she took charge of the Guinea vs Malawi match. Photo: CAF Women (Twitter)

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