Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda is breaking barriers for women in football.

The 33-year-old referee is set to become the first female to officiate at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Cameroon.

She will be the fourth official in the encounter between Guinea and Malawi this evening (18:00) at the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam.

Mukansanga is no stranger to making history, having taken charge of several matches in Rwanda, including in the First Division Men’s League since 2018.

In a list of 63 match officials selected by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to be part of the 34th edition of Africa’s showpiece, Mukansanga is one of the only four females.

Others, include Carine Atemzabong from Cameroon, Morocco’s Fatiha Jermoumi and Bouchra Karboubi.

Mukansanga is an experienced campaigner and a respected referee in the women’s game. She has officiated at the Fifa Women’s World Cup, Africa Women’s Cup of Nations and the Caf Women’s Champions League.

She was also part of the match officials in the women’s football event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan.

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