FIFA referee Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda recorded history in Qatar as she became the first African woman to officiate a men’s World Cup match.

Mukansanga was the fourth official when holders France overcame Australia 4-1 in their tournament’s Group D opener on Tuesday night at Al Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, Qatar.

Mukansanga was the fourth official when holders France overcame Australia 4-1 in their tournament’s Group D opener on Tuesday night at Al Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, Qatar.

The particular clash was handled by South Africa’s Victor Gomes as the center referee with fellow countrymen Zakhele Siwela and Lesothian Souru Phatsoane as his assistants.

The 34-year-old Mukansanga was in May named among 36 match officials by FIFA to do duty at the ongoing Qatar World Cup 2022.

Stephanie Frappart of France and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan are also into record as the first women called to officiate at the men’s World Cup.

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