November 11, 2019

History made as first female referee takes charge of Afcon U23 match

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Rwanda’s Salma Mukasanga (far left) and Morocco’s Fathia Jermoumi (centre) prepare to walk onto the pitch ahead of the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Zambia at the Al Salam Stadium in Egypt on Saturday, November 9 2019. Courtesy: Caf

A female referee took charge of a game at the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in the tournament’s history on Saturday as South Africa and Zambia drew 0-0 at the Al Salam Stadium in Egypt.

Rwanda’s Salma Mukasanga officiated the match and was assisted by Morocco’s Fathia Jermoumi.

Caf President Ahmad Ahmad praised the duo for their professional handling of the game after the match.

“This is a historic day for African football, especially officiating, and I congratulate you on the wonderful performance today. You gave a good impression and everybody at the stadium including both teams were happy with your performance,” Ahmad said.

The coaches of South Africa and Zambia, in their post-match interviews, lauded both officials for their performance and the decision to give more women a chance at officiating men’s games in Africa.

Source: CGTN

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