Rwanda referee, Salima Rhadia Mukansanga has made history as the first-ever woman referee to officiate in the Africa Cup of Nations when she blew the whistle for Zimbabwe’s surprise 2-1 victory over Guinea on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old, who had already served as the fourth official during the Malawi versus Guinea fixture, took charge of the Group B clash at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

She led an all-female team of match officials with assistant referees Carine Atemzabong from Cameroon and Fatiha Jermoumi from Morocco running the lines and VAR being adjudicated by Moroccan Bouchra Karboubi.

Ahead of the match, Caf Head of Referees Eddy Maillet said the historic moment was a result of Caf’s clear commitment and investment in improving and advancing the standard of refereeing in Africa.



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