AFCON: Salima Mukansanga becomes the first woman to officiate an AFCON match
Female Rwanda referee, Salima Mukansanga has made history after she became the first woman to officiate a match at the African Cup Of Nations (AFCON)
The FIFA certified referee is able to officiate any international match after making the FIFA International Referee List.
Experienced and respected, the 33-year-old has taken charged of matches at the Women’s World Cup, Africa’s Women’s Cup of Nations and the CAF Women’s Champions League.
Mukansanga made the list of the 63 official who will oversee matches at the tournament and Mukansanga made the list alongside four (4) other female referees. The others include Cameroon’s Carine Atemzabong, Morocco’s Fatiha Jermoumi and Bouchra Karboubi, though none of these three will referee matches.
According to local websites in Rwanda, Makansanga wanted to become a professional basketball player as a teenager but decided to become a referee 15 years ago.