Salima Mukansanga has revealed she did not see the opportunity to officiate at a men’s FIFA World Cup coming.
The Rwandan-born referee will make history in the next few days as the first African woman to officiate at the finals of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, exactly 10 months after achieving a similar feat at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Mukansanga alongside Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita and Frenchwoman Stephanie Frappart were appointed as the first-time female centre referee to officiate at a men’s World Cup.
And the 34-year-old, who broke a glass ceiling officiating the Afcon group stage match between Zimbabwe and Guinea on 18 January 2022, shared her feeling on being selected among the first-time women officiating at the World Cup in 92 years.
Source: Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF)