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First all-women team appointed to officiate Afcon match

Caf have appointed the first all-women team to officiate in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) match between Zimbabwe and Guinea on Tuesday, 18 January.

The showdown is scheduled to take place at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde with the kick-off set for 18h00 (SA time).

Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga, assistant referees Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon) and Faiha Jermoumi as well as VAR referee Boucha Karboubi (Morocco) will take charge.

A week ago Mukansanga, 35, made history as she became the first woman to officiate a match in the ongoing Afcon tournament as the 4th match official between Guinea and Malawi clash.

Caf head of referees, Eddy Maillet added: “We are super proud of Salima because she has had to work exceptionally hard to be where she is today.

“We know that for a woman, she has had to overcome serious obstacles to reach this level and she deserves a lot of credit. This moment is not just for Salima but for every young girl in Africa who has a passion for football and who sees herself as a referee in the future.“

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