This name will live forever. Salima Mukansanga became the first woman to referee at the African Cup of Nations on Monday.
The 33-year-old Rwandan was the fourth official on Monday as Guinea took on Malawi in Bafoussam, Cameroon.
“HISTORY! Salima Rhadia MUKANSANGA becomes the 𝗙𝗜𝗥𝗦𝗧 𝗪𝗢𝗠𝗔𝗡 to 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥 officiate at the #TotalEnergiesAFCON,” CAF proudly announced on Monday.
“Making Women proud. Making Africa proud.”
Salima Rhadia MUKANSANGA becomes the 𝗙𝗜𝗥𝗦𝗧 𝗪𝗢𝗠𝗔𝗡 to 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥 officiate at the #TotalEnergiesAFCON.
Making Women proud.
Making Africa proud. pic.twitter.com/cbaLJOGUtE
— #TotalEnergiesAFCON2021 🏆 (@CAF_Online) January 11, 2022
Mukansanga is no stranger to big tournaments, she has taken charge of games in the Women’s World Cup, Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, and the CAF Women’s Champions League.
Meanwhile, the continent’s defending champions Algeria will begin their tournament against Sierra Leone, while Egypt and Nigeria will offer the biggest game of the day.