History was made on Tuesday when an all-female team officiated a game at the African Cup of Nations.
The team comprised Referee Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda), assistant referees Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon) and Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco), VAR referee Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco).
They officiated the match between Zimbabwe vs. Guinea. The game ended with a win for Zimbabwe, which scored two goals against Guinea’s one.
It was the first time a female referee and all-women team was officiating a game at the African tournament, now on its 33rd edition.
Salima Mukansanga has officially become the first female to ever referee an AFCON game.
Mukansanga had been the fourth official in the clash between Guinea and Malawi on Jan. 10.
She has officiated at the Olympics, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Africa Women’s Cup of Nation and CAF Women’s Champions League.
“She (Mukansanga) has had to overcome serious obstacles to reach this level and she deserves a lot of credit,” CAF Head of Referees Eddy Maillet said in a statement.
Salima Mukansanga First Female Referee at AFCON