Rwandan Salima Mukansanga made history
Rwandan Salima Mukansanga made history as the first woman to referee an AFCON game.
Rwandan Salima Mukansanga on Tuesday made history as the first ever female referee to officiate at the Africa Cup of Nations, Afcon.
Salima was in charge of a highly entertaining Group B fixture which ended 2-1 for Zimbabwe against Guinea in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Rwandan Salima Mukansanga made history
Mukansanga walked out onto the pitch holding the match ball accompanied by three male match officials, with Zimbabwe going on to win the game 2-1.
After the match, supporters from Zimbabwe said they were inspired by Mukansanga and believed this was a good step forward for the continent
¬†Women are being represented and are also being involved in this sport that for a long time was regarded as for men,” said Zimbabwe supporter Felicia Chisepo.
Rwandan Salima Mukansanga made history
In Rwanda, the young female players of soccer club AS Kigali and their coach Egidie Kayitesi watched the game on television.
Rwandan Salima Mukansanga made history
“She is someone who gives great importance to each game, that’s why you see Salima at this level,” said Kayitesi, who was in charge of Mukansanga’s team when she was a youth player.
“She has an exceptional character. When she has a match, she prepares for it.”