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Rwandan Salima Mukasanga becomes first woman to officiate at the Africa Cup of Nations

Africa Cup 2021: Salima Mukasanga, 33, from Rwanda became the first woman to officiate at the AFCON games that are going on currently in Cameroon.

Rwanda’s Salima Mukasanga becomes first woman to officiate at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Salima became an international referee in the year 2019 and has since been a source of motivation for young girls and women everywhere in the world who aspire to be referees.

The female quartet of Salima Mukasanga (Rwanda), Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco) and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco) continue their trailblazing achievements.

They officiated at the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 and also at the African Nations Championship 2020 (CHAN).

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Caf further confirmed that a total of 63 top referees will officiate at the competition.

“A list of 63 top match officials, including women top referees Salima Mukasanga [Rwanda], Carine Atemzabong [Cameroon], Fatiha Jermoumi [Morocco], and Bouchra Karboubi [Morocco] will officiate the Afcon, Cameroon 2021 matches.

“The list consists of 24 referees, 31 assistant referees, and eight video assistant referees from 36 countries. The roster includes two referees from the Concacaf as part of our inter-confederation skills exchange program.”

Source: Goal.com