World Cup 2022: Salima Mukansanga to ‘open door’ for female officials

World Cup 2022: Salima Mukansanga to ‘open door’ for female officials

Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda thinks that her selection as a referee for the men’s World Cup—the first female to do so in the competition’s 92-year history—will pave the way for other aspirant female officials in Africa.

She presided over a game at the men’s Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, which was first played in 1958, and she officiated at the Tokyo Olympics the year before.

The 34-year-old thinks that her inclusion as one of six pioneering women in a men’s global championship, together with fellow referees Stephanie Frappart and Yoshimi Yamashita, and three assistance referees, would open up opportunities for additional women.

Because it has never occurred before, Mukansanga said, “It’s an honor and a privilege.”

“It implies

“You must bear a lot on your shoulders so that others can see that the door is open and that they, too, may pass through.

It implies that the opportunities are there; it is up to us to seize them and make use of them.

After overcoming early rejections in her life, Mukansanga, a referee for the world governing body Fifa since 2012, is now taking her place on some of sport’s biggest stages.

She decided to focus on football as a young child after being told she was too young to play basketball for the national Under-17 team, but the latter activity sparked a passion in her.

At the Nations Cup in January, she said, “When I went to watch games, I noticed these individuals inside the [court] called referees.

I got excited because they had the power to make decisions and alter the course of the game, and from that point on, when I was still in primary school, I began to think about those people.

She began refereeing while still in high school, and the learning curve was quick.

I was unaware that there was a lot to accomplish, including following the rules and maintaining a professional attitude.

After a brief stint as an amateur player, she came across an advertisement for refereeing training. However, when she applied to the Rwandan FA (Ferwafa) to join a referees’ course right after secondary school, she was again turned down because she was too young.

As a result, this quiet but tenacious person took matters into her own hands and learned herself the Fifa Laws of the Game. Her perseverance paid off when Ferwafa finally gave her the chance to study with other aspiring referees.

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After refereeing men’s league games in Rwanda, Mukansanga’s circuitous trip brought her to the 2016 Women’s Nations Cup, the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and the Tokyo Olympics.

In the middle of Zimbabwe’s victory over Guinea on January 18, Mukansanga made history by issuing six yellow cards and separating quarreling players during the men’s Nations Cup in Cameroon. It was an honorable and cool-headed performance.

She told reporters at the time, “After the last whistle, I was pretty emotional – I was really very, very delighted.”

“I wasn’t the only person in the playing area. Because of the emotion from my teammates and the enjoyment it brought, we made history and the game went without a hitch.

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Mukansanga, whose sole profession is refereeing, briefly discussed the obstacles she had to overcome along the way, ranging from sexual and cultural disparities to simple biological principles.

She explained, “We have our period, so sometimes you can’t be able to sprint or officiate.” “You can’t run if you’re pregnant. We need time to recover after giving birth in order to get the body ready for the next adventure.

“Men’s speed is at an all-time high, so sometimes I can’t sprint as fast as men, but I can do more, push harder to at least be on the same pace, have proximity to the players, and have a good angle of vision,” she said.

Her workouts and fitness assessments are undertaken with guys, and Mukansanga is openly appreciative

For their coaching courses, Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (Caf) are both used.

The Rwandan, who makes quick choices on the field, overcame an initially hostile response in the men’s game and has since embraced the difficulties of the position.

She said, “In a field where males are predominate, you need to double your work And then have the passion, because without this passion you are going to grow fatigued and then you leave it.