Checkout The Woman Set To Be The First Referee Of An AFCON Tournament
Rwanda referee Salima Rhadia Mukansanga will make history as the first-ever woman’s referee to officiate in the Africa Cup of Nations in the match pitting Zimbabwe against Guinea today.
The 35-year-old, who was the fourth official during the Malawi versus Guinea fixture, will now take full charge of the Group B clash at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.
Caf has confirmed Mukansanga will be assisted by other women referees – assistant referees Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon) and Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco) as well as VAR referee Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco).
“Proud moment for Caf and Africa as the quartet prepare to make history on Tuesday,” Caf said in a statement on their official website. “Rwandan-born referee Salima Rhadia Mukansanga will make history in the next few hours when she becomes the first woman to referee a match at the finals of Afcon.
“Mukansanga, 35, will take charge of the group stage match between Zimbabwe and Guinea today, 18 January 2022 at 17:00 local time (16:00 GMT) at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.”