A Sports lady from Rwanda, Salima Mukansanga has just been selected to officiate at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, as referee.
Salima Mukansanga thus becomes the first woman from the continent to referee at the Men’s International Football Tourney, that is the World Cup.
The Rwandan lady is essentially setting a global mark in the history of the World Cup events.
Salima is also the first sports personality from the East African Region to officiate at the FIFA World Cup.
Earlier this year at the African Cup of Nations Tournament in Cameroon, she also set a record by becoming the first ever woman to referee at the African Cup of Nations.
Salima Mukansanga was also the first African woman at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Born in 1988 Salima Mukansanga has been a listed international referee for FIFA since 2012.
She was an official at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
This year 2022, Mukansanga became the first woman to referee at the African Cup of Nations.
She was leading out an all-woman officiating team comprising of Fatiha Jermoumi from Morocco, Carine Atemzabong from Cameroon and Bouchra Karboubi also from Morocco, as the VAR.