Taking up her post as central referee for the Zimbabwe-Guinea game, she would make history as the first woman to officiate a match in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Rwanda is not part of the African teams going for the World Cup in Qatar but interestingly, the Paul Kagame-led country will be highly represented as Salima Mukansanga is selected as part of the referees to handle the games.
The 34-year-old most recognized officiating personnel is the first female African referee and one of the three female referees to handle World Cup matches.
She has been through the ranks. She was an official at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.
In 2022, Mukansanga became the first woman to referee at the African Cup of Nations, leading an all-woman officiating team of Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco), Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco) as the VAR.
She has officiated at the Olympics, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Africa Women Cup of Nations, and CAF Women’s Champions League.
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