Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga is the first woman to referee an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match. She oversaw the Group B clash between Guinea and Zimbabwe in Yaoundé on Tuesday.
On Monday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) statement said that Mukansanga will officiate the match with two female assistant referees, Carine Atemzabong of Cameroon and Fatiha Jermoumi of Morocco.
However, on the officials entering the pitch, both assistant referees were males. CAF did not immediately explain why the assistant referees were swapped.
After the match, supporters from Zimbabwe revealed they were inspired by Mukansanga and believe this is a great step forward for the African continent.
Women are being represented and are also being involved in this sport that for a long time was regarded as for men,” Zimbabwean supporter Felicia Chisepo said