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Rwanda’s Mukansanga to officiate at Qatar World Cup

This will be the first in the 92 year history of the men's World Cup that female referees will officiate matches at the global showpiece.

David GOMBE

Rwanda referee Salima Rhadia Mukansanga has been selected among the officials for the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar.

FIFA announced on Thursday, the 36 referees who will handle the 32 team event in Qatar.

Mukansanga is one of the three women chosen by the World governing body to officiate at the global showpiece scheduled for November to December.

Mukansanga will make history in Qatar

This will be the first in the 92 year history of the men’s World Cup that female referees have been selected.

The other two female referees who will be at the World Cup are Stephanie Frappart from France and Japanese Yoshimi Yamashita.

Mukansanga made history in January this year when she became the first woman to officiate at the Men’s Africa Cup of Nations. She handled the game Group B game between Zimbabwe and Guinea at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Cameroon.

Meanwhile, the other women selected to participate in the tournament as assistant referees are USA’s Kathryn Nesbitt, Karen Díaz Medina of Mexico and Neuza Back from Brazil.

In total, 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials have been chosen for this year’s tournament

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