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Mapeza Commends CAF For Selecting Female Referee

Mapeza Commends CAF For Selecting Female Referee

Warriors coach Norman Mapeza has commended the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for appointing a female referee in Zimbabwe’s 2021 African Cup of Nations Group B match against Guinea (AFCON) on Tuesday evening.

Rwandese referee, Salima Mukansanga (35), became the first-ever female referee to take charge of a match at the AFCON finals.

Previously the Mukansanga was the fourth official when Guinea defeated Malawi in another Group B match on 10 January in Bafoussam.

Mapeza said it was his wish to see other female referees officiating at major tournaments such as the FIFA World Cup. Said Mapeza:

I think it was good (having a female referee) and I think she did very well. Games for men are always difficult.

Tempers run very high but I think that lady did very well and I think it’s a big achievement for CAF for giving a lady an opportunity to be the centre referee for the game.

My wish is now to see other female referees officiating at other bigger tournaments like the World Cup but I think they (CAF) did very well to assign that lady for our match.

We saw a good match. We played well, unlike the matches against Senegal or Malawi. I would like to thank my players who controlled the game, especially during the first half.

In the second half and after having conceded a goal, my players who lack experience were somewhat unsettled.

In 2019, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), selected French female referee Stéphanie Frappart, to referee the UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea.

Frappart, who was also 35 at the time, became the first female official to take charge of a major UEFA men’s competition event. She was assisted by Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neal

More: The Herald


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8 Comments

mic 3 months ago

On another note, guys munenge muchingoshora ana Musona kt hee vakura this n that,makambona here kt ana Salah, Mane,Keita n other top players in Europe kt how are they struggling ku Afcon. Musona arinani akatomwisa me header. Ane Mane dai isiri penalty hapana zvavarikuita ku Afcon. So zvekudyiwa kwe maWarriors it's just a matter of no fluke


Bright 3 months ago

Plus mu team munoda vanhu vane experience sana bhasera ana mahachi avo mane fti akarishaya repa anfield a muromo wawarembera

🤨🤨 4 months ago

Kkkkkkk asi munofunga kti bhora inyore nhai itai mushe itai coach imimi ka


Advocate 4 months ago

Ndoshamisaka nemunhu anosvora mapeza iye tikamuty akoche hpna kna chozikanwa so why muchingosvora vnhu


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Jah Bee 4 months ago

Zvebhora tsvee wava munyaya dzevakadzi nhai Mapeza


Tsivo! 4 months ago

Poor people always think their ideas are true.well done Mr Mapezah you tried your best #DOMORE

Tsivo! 4 months ago

Poor people always think their ideas are true.well done Mr Mapezah you tried you best #DOMORE

Bright 4 months ago

Next time aply ku zifa kti muite coach toona kti munozvikwanisa here pa touch line pakaoma paya munozadza mabhurukwa napo paya


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