Rwandan Female Referee, Salima Mukansanga, Shines Again.

Rwanda may not be going to the Qatar2022WorldCup as a participating Nation, but Salima Mukansanga would be flying the Rwandan flag so high, as a FIFA approved match official, in some few months to come.




If we would recall, not too long ago, the country of Rwanda, produced the very first Female Football referee, to ever officiate in the 2021 Men’s Africa Cup of Nations Tournament, with Cameroon being the Host Nation.

The inclusion of Salima, as one of the officiating referees at the already concluded AFCON tournament, held between January and February this year, could be linked to her quite impressive résumé, which by all means, Places her as a world class/Up to Standards, Football referee.

We take a sneak peak at Salima Mukansanga’s current résumé:


▪️Women’s World Cup

▪️Africa Women’s Cup of Nations

▪️CAF Women’s Champions League

▪️Africa Men’s Cup of Nations.

Reflecting on making history as the first woman to officiate an AFCON game, Salima told Rwanda News “I was crying because I saw all the efforts I made, at least I opened the door.”

Salima Mukansanga is set to add “Men’s World Cup” to her already mouth watering résumé, as she joins up with two other included female referees, Stephanie Frappart of France and Yoshimi Yamashita of China, all approved by FIFA, as match officials for the #Qatar2022WorldCup, coming up in November.

This would be the first time we would be witnessing Women referees in a Men’s World Cup Tournament. Such Mind blowing record breakers, these women are set to make

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