How Salima Mukansanga overcame rejection to become first female to officiate at AFCON

Salima Mukasanga, Rwandan referee, has become the first female official to handle an AFCON match

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1/19/2022 5:16:00 PM

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Salima Mukasanga, Rwandan referee, has become the first female official to handle an AFCON match

Advertisement“I liked basketball and wanted to take it very seriously, but access to basketball infrastructure and coaches was hard,” she told the publication..In pursuit of her passion, Mukansanga approached the Rwandan FA for a refereeing course straight out of secondary school, but she was rejected by the association on account of her age.

Mukansanga became a FIFA-badge referee in 2012. The global recognition came four years after she had started handling matches in the Rwandan men’s second division league and the women’s top tier.Continetal experiencesMukansaga was also named for the 2016 African Women Championship in Cameroon, and she handled two games — Soth Africa’s 5-0 pummeling of Egypt and Mali’s 3-1 defeat of Kenya — in the group stages.

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), and Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon) — although only Mukansanga has been designated as a primary referee. Initially rejected by Rwanda FA because of her age Mukasanga was born in 1988 in Rusizi District, West Province, a city about five hours away from Kigali, the Rwandan capital. Advertisement NewTimes Daily , a Rwandan publication, football wasn’t the first love of Mukasanga; she was captivated by another sport as a young girl and dreamt of representing her country at its highest level. However, access to the necessary facilities made her quit. “I liked basketball and wanted to take it very seriously, but access to basketball infrastructure and coaches was hard,” she told the publication. However, as she grew up, her attention shifted to football, and a specific aspect of the game tickled her fancy. “I used to play football at primary and secondary school, but when I used to watch games, I liked to watch the one who was on the field of play, who was making decisions, leading players, talking to the players, the one who people are respecting on the field of play, and that person interested me,” Mukansanga told . Advertisement “I wanted to be like that person on the field of play, I wanted to do what he was doing, and I needed to learn more about that person, the one leading the game, giving them cards, sanctioning them. That’s why I had this passion.” In pursuit of her passion, Mukansanga approached the Rwandan FA for a refereeing course straight out of secondary school, but she was rejected by the association on account of her age. Rejected but not discouraged, she taught herself the basics of officiating by studying the game’s laws and handling local games in her community. A year later, she was eventually given the opportunity to pursue her dream. FIFA-badge referee Mukansanga became a FIFA-badge referee in 2012. The global recognition came four years after she had started handling matches in the Rwandan men’s second division league and the women’s top tier. However, it wasn’t until 2014 that she handled her first continental game as the centre referee. The game was a 2014 CAF African Women’s Championship qualification clash between Zambia and Tanzania. From there on, her career has steadily hitched a trajectory that has seen her become one of Africa’s most experienced female referees. Continetal experiences At the 2015 All-African Games in Congo Brazzaville, Mukansanga handled her first international competition. She was the centre referee when the Super Falcons of Nigeria defeated Tanzania 3-0 in their second group game before officiating the first semi-final game between Ivory Coast and Ghana, which ended 1-0 in favour of the Black Queens. Mukansaga was also named for the 2016 African Women Championship in Cameroon, and she handled two games — Soth Africa’s 5-0 pummeling of Egypt and Mali’s 3-1 defeat of Kenya — in the group stages. International recognition Mukasanga was the only African referee named among the officials for the 2018 U-17 Women World Cup held in Uruguay. She handled two games, including a quarter-final fixture between Germany and Canada. In 2019, she was also named among the four African officials for the Women’s World Cup in France, and she was in charge of the Group F clash between Sweden and Thailand, which ended 5-1 in favour of the European. In Tokyo 2021, Mukansanga became the first African woman to be the centre referee of a quarter-final match of the women football event at the Olympics. She, alongside Bernadettar Kwimbira and Mary Njoroge, handled the round-of-eight game between Great Britain and Australia. Referee of the world’s highest-altitude football match In 2017, she officiated the world’s highest-altitude football match