History will be made again on Tuesday at the Africa Cup of Nations when Salima Rhadia Mukansanga takes charge of Zimbabwe and Guinea at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
The Rwandan-born referee will become the first woman to referee a match at the finals of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.
She will be joined by Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon) and Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco) as well as VAR referee Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco) in the all-women team.
This will be the second time Mukansanga will be making history at the finals, having done so on 10 January 2022, by becoming the first woman to officiate a match Africa Cup of Nations when she was appointed as a fourth official in the game between Guinea and Malawi in Bafoussam.
According to CAF Head of Referees, Eddy Maillet, this is is as a result of CAF’s clear commitment and investment to improve and advance the standard of refereeing in Africa.
“We are super proud of Salima because she has had to work exceptionally hard to be where she is today. We know that for a woman, she has had to overcome serious obstacles to reach this level and she deserves a lot of credit. This moment is not just for Salima but for every young girl in Africa who has passion for football and who sees herself as a referee in the future," Maillet said.