AFCON Salima Mukansanga becomes the first woman to referee an AFCON match

Salima Mukansanga

Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga makes history as she became the first Woman to officiate an Africa Cup of nations (AFCON) match on Tuesday during Zimbabwe vs Guinea clash.

After serving as the fourth official in the tie between Guinea and Malawi in Bafoussam few days ago, Mukansanga wrote his name into the golden book of the African football today.

The 35-yeard old was the referee of Warriors’ clash against Syli National on Tuesday afternoon at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

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Salima Mukansanga
Salima Mukansanga in action.

Mukansanga was tipped to be assisted by Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco), and the VAR referee, Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco).

However, Confederation of African football (CAFG) changed its plans and appointed men assistants for her in the showpiece won by Zimbabwe (2-1) over Guinea.

In addition, Salima Mukansanga previously officiated in the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.

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