Female referee makes history at AFCON
20 January 2022 | 12:45 pm
Salima Mukansanga on Tuesday became the first female lead referee at an Africa Cup of Nations soccer match. At a soccer club in Rwanda's Kigali, members of the women's team are gathered around the television.
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