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WORLD-CUP 2022: Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga makes World Cup history

Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga made her World Cup debut, Tuesday, as France took on Australia at the Al Janoub Stadium in Group D clash. She will be making history as first woman to handle a world cup game

Earlier this year, Mukansanga became the first woman to take charge of a match at the 64 year old men’s Africa Cup of Nations(CAN). Last year, she officiated at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Mukansanga, Stephanie Frappart from France, and Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita - all women - are among 36 referees, selected to oversee matches at the tournament which holds from November 20 to December 18, 2022.

The Qatar-hosted event is the first time in 22 editions of the international senior men’s football tournament, that women are gracing the field in officiating roles.


Earlier this year, Mukansanga became the first woman to take charge of a match at the 64 year old men’s Africa Cup of Nations(CAN). Last year, she officiated at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Mukansanga, Stephanie Frappart from France, and Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita - all women - are among 36 referees, selected to oversee matches at the tournament which holds from November 20 to December 18, 2022.

The Qatar-hosted event is the first time in 22 editions of the international senior men’s football tournament, that women are gracing the field in officiating roles.

Mukansanga effectively becomes the first African woman to officiate at the men’s FIFA World Cup finals where she was the fourth official in the match. This adds to her glowing list of achievements.

The 33-year-old was the first woman to officiate in the African Cup of Nations in 2022, leading an all-female officiating squad that included Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco), Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco) as the VAR.

The Rwandan official took part in games at both the Tokyo Olympics and the Women’s World Cup in France.

Mukansanga has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and is the youngest of the three selected women referee.

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