Salima Mukansanga, a Rwandan referee is set to be the first woman to officiate at Africa Cup of Nations in the history of the tournament.
Here are quick facts to know about her:
Salima Mukansanga was born on 25 July 1988.
She has been to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo Japan, 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France among other big events.
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Salima is one of the four female match officials on the 2021 AFCON list. Others are; Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco), and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco).
However, Salima is set to become the first woman ever to officiate as a center referee at the Africa Cup of Nations.
According to local websites in Rwanda, as a teenager, Salima wanted to become a professional basketball player.
But about 15 years ago, she decided to become a football referee.
And since 2018, she has been appointed to officiate different matches in Rwanda, Africa, and the world at large.
She is likened to one of the greatest referees Pierluigi Collina as she is said to have similar authority on the field like that of the Italian.