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Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga is set to become the first woman to officiate a game at Africa Cup of Nations

Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga is set to become the first woman to officiate a game at the Africa Cup of Nations
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Mukansanga is on the FIFA International Referees List, which qualifies her to officiate at the international level and allows her to wear a FIFA insignia on her uniform.

The 33-year-old has already officiated at the Women’s World Cup, Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, and the CAF Women’s Champions League, and is a well-respected official in the women’s game.
Mukansanga also worked as a referee during the women’s football tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan, which Canada unexpectedly won.

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And now, the Rwandan referee will be in control of matches at one of the world’s most prestigious men’s football events.

Mukansanga is one of four women on the list of 63 match officials that would preside at the event, provided by CAF.

Carine Atemzabong of Cameroon, as well as Fatiha Jermoumi and Bouchra Karboubi of Morocco, are among the others, however, none of them will be refereeing matches.

Makansanga intended to be a professional basketball player as a youth but decided to become a referee 15 years ago, according to local Rwandan websites.

She has been in charge of a number of matches in Rwanda since 2018, and she has finally landed her biggest assignment yet.

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Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga is set to become the first woman to officiate a game at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Her resume is quite impressive: Olympics Women’s World Cup Africa Women’s Cup of Nations CAF Women’s Champions League”, Jubulani XI wrote.

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