Salima Mukansanga is the first female African referee to oversee a FIFA World Cup for men. A Rwandan referee named Salima made history in Qatar.
In a Group D match on Tuesday, Mukansanga served as the fourth official as France, the defending champions, defeated Australia 4-1.
“It was really exciting, and I consider this to be a privilege. Mukansanga stated to fifa.com.
“I had never dreamed to get to the men’s World Cup.
“I was nominated for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France for the first time.
So my next goal was more at the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in 2023,” she said.
The 34-year-old made headlines for the first time in January 2022 when she officiated Zimbabwe vs. Guinea.
She was the first female official at the men’s Africa Cup of Nations.
“Being chosen to represent our country at the Men’s World Cup is a novel chance.
It indicates to FIFA that we put in a lot of effort, that our refereeing is of a high caliber, and that we have what it takes to compete with the best in the men’s game, she continued.
With less than a quarter of games taking place in Qatar, there is a strong probability that the seasoned official will have additional opportunities to demonstrate her skills.