June 26, 2022

Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga on Monday, January 10, made history by becoming the first woman to ever officiate at the African Cup of Nations which is an incredible record.

Before the 34-year-old got the chance to referee the Group B match between Guinea and Malawi, Salima Mukansanga had undergone a series of training and has many times acted as the 4th official.

Salima is one of the most respected female officiators in football, having already taken charge of games at the Women’s World Cup, Africa Women’s Cup of Nations and the CAF Women’s Champions League.

Salima Mukansanga in action as a referee. Photo by Maddie Meyer Source: Getty Images

According to the report on Versus Uk, Salima Mukansanga’s officiating was impressive in the match between Guinea and Malawi.

What was the result of the match?

Issiaga Sylia scored the only goal in the 35h minute that helped Guinea to record a 1-0 win over Malawi in their first game at the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

When did Salima Mukansanga start refereeing?

Salima Mukansanga is said to have been involved in active referring for the past ten years and she has also officiated at an Olympics game.

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