CAF to use VAR in all 52 AFCON matches

…Rwanda Salima Mukansanga will become the first ever woman to officiate as the center referee at the continent's most prestigious tournament (AFCON).


The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations will for the first time in the history of the competition use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for all 52 matches of the tournament starting in Cameroon this weekend.

The competition will kick-off on Sunday, 09 January 2022 with hosts Cameroon playing Burkina Faso at Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon. The final match will be played on 06 February 2022 at the same venue.

Previously, CAF has used VAR starting from the quarterfinals of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt 2019. However, CAF has advanced with plans not only to improve the image of refereeing but also produce world class match officials in Africa.

A list of 63 top match officials, including women top referees Salima Mukasanga (Rwanda), Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco) and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco) will officiate the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021 matches.

The list consists of 24 referees, 31 assistant referees and eight video assistant referees from 36 countries. The roster includes two referees from the CONCACAF as part of our inter-confederation skills exchange program.

Rwanda Salima Mukansanga will become the first ever woman to officiate as the center referee at the continent's most prestigious tournament (AFCON).


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The African Cup of Nations 2021 tournament commences on Sunday the 9th of January 2022, with 24 countries ready to battle it out in Cameroon to claim the continent's most prestigious tournament.

Ahead of the commencement of the competition, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) had released the list of 63 match officials who will be officiating at the AFCON 2021 and among them is Salima Mukansanga.

Salima Makansanga is among the four female match officials selected others are Carine Atemzabong from Cameroon, Fatiha Jermoumi and Bouchra Karboubi from Morocco.

The Rwandan, Salima Mukansanga has been to the 2020 Olympic in Tokyo Japan, 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France among other big competitions.





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